Tai-Shan Schierenberg’s intense, sometimes enigmatic portraits appear to be composed of rough-edged geometric chunks of color that one minute say “person”, and the next shout “paint!”
Schierenberg is an English painter based in London, whose work in in the National Portrait Gallery, London; and whose subjects include Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and physicist Stephen Hawking.
He also does wonderful landscapes, but his passion and focus is in portrature.
His handling of his subjects ranges from straightforward to semi-representational to conceptually challenging. I favor those works in which he finds an almost landscape-like monumentality in the shapes of the head and face, but cleaves more closely to the observation of the immediately seen.
Tai-Shan Schierenberg is on display in a solo exhibition at the Flowers Gallery in New York, that runs until April 2, 2016.
[Via Wil Freeborn]