Tai-Shan Schierenberg

Tai-Shan Schierenberg
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]

8 Replies to “Tai-Shan Schierenberg”

  1. Election to membership of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters is based solely on the quality of an artist’s work. No Proposers or Seconders are required and it is not restricted to British artists. The Society of Portrait Painters was founded in 1891. Twenty years later it became the ‘Royal Society of Portrait Painters’, with its early membership including John Everett Millais, George Frederick Watts and James McNeil Whistler.
    Whatever, Schierenberg is one of a kind.

  2. Great post showing some new work to me, thanks for that.
    Tai-Shan is a very nice person, I met him when I was being cheeky and surreptiously sketched one of the models. He noticed me and came over during the brake to see what I was up to. I was expecting to be told off but he was genuinely interested in my sketch book and we had a very enlightening talk on portrait painting.

  3. One of my absolute, all-time favorites. Thanks for posting. What one doesn’t easily realize from the blog post is the sheer size of some of his portraits. For some, one needs to stand ~30 feet back; any closer, the picture breaks up into the chunks of color you mention. The brushwork is very interesting up close, as well. (His paintings must take forever to become dry enough to transport!). In my mind, as good as Lucien Freud.

  4. Charley, have you seen the YouTube watercolor demos posted by Marek Yanai? His work bears some relationship to this- bold, intense colors, large planes- I like it very much. I like Tai-Shan’s work as well. I’ve loved Lucian Freud’s work for years, and it seems that Freud is this fellow’s favored master. Thanks for sharing these works.

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