That Obscure Object of Desire
Flowers Gallery is pleased to announce a forthcoming exhibition of Tai Shan Schierenberg's new paintings.
In March this year large scale figurative paintings will be at Flowers Cork Street. They will primarily focus on painting and the possibilities a painter faces when remaking the real; the decisions, the accidents, the mistakes - how all these coexist on the painted surface whilst suggesting a version of reality at the same time. The subject matter, drawing on archetypal figures and ideas, will echo the multi-layering and state of flux - simultaneously alive and dying, being in the past and the present, being in two or more states at once.
Born in England in 1962, Tai-Shan Schierenberg lives and works in London. He graduated from the Slade School of Art in 1987. In 1989 he won first prize in the National Portrait Gallery's John Player Portrait Award, and as part of the prize, was commissioned to paint playwright Sir John Mortimer for the Gallery's collection. The National Portrait Gallery also holds his portraits of Lord Carrington from 1994, Lord Sainsbury 2002 and most recently Seamus Heaney from 2004. Other noted commissions include Professor Stephen Hawking, Sir John Madejski and a double portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Schierenberg has exhibited widely throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Europe. He is represented in public collections including the National Portrait Gallery, London; Tate Gallery, London; and the BBC.