Shaun Ferguson (UK)
The majority of Shaun Ferguson’s wonderfully atmospheric and sensitively expressed paintings are inspired by the figure, and usually this is the figure caught in a quiet, contemplative mood. His work involves an intriguing balance between subject matter, painterly considerations and interpretation, offering challenges and qualities that lift it well beyond straightforward portraiture, which in fact is never his objective. Interestingly, although he quite often adopts the conventional head and shoulders ‘portrait’ composition for his figure subjects, in seeking a more individual, painterly result he instils in the work a strong sense of energy and tension’.
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