Blue Balthasar, 2017, Oil on canvas
Born in England in 1962,Tai Shan Schierenberg lives and works in
London. He graduated from the Slade School of Art in 1987 and in
1989, won first prize in the National Portrait Gallery's John
Player Portrait Award. He was then commissioned to paint Sir John
Mortimer for the Gallery.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.
For Schierenberg, there is an 'emotional charge' that comes from the different textures and densities, and ultimately the light conditions, that occur in a place at a certain time. He describes his process in 2010:
"Painting and painting and painting, endlessly exploring ideas in paint on canvas, always painting my way. Finding that over time I can't see the trees for the paint. Sometimes its good to try a new way, a different path, expose oneself to the vagaries of chance - and see the trees again."
Watch The Football Club: Artist in Residence, a documentary made for Channel 4, during Schierenberg's residency at West Bromwich Albion.
Featuring Glenys Barton, Ishbel Myerscough and Tai Shan Schierenberg
Collyer Bristow Gallery
News and Events
Tai Shan Schierenberg speaks with Mark Haddon on BBC Radio 4
28 February 2018
Tai-Shan Schierenberg to judge Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year
24 February 2015