Flowers Gallery is pleased to announce an
exhibition of new works by award-winning figurative artist Tai-Shan
Schierenberg. On view will be paintings focusing on male figures
and landscapes that explore the journey through manhood from youth
to old age.
Seeking out particular qualities in his choice of
form, Schierenberg selects his subjects for their potential to
reveal an inner sentience through his engagement with the paint.
The first thing for me, as a painter, is the
question: what will I discover by spending time with this image? To
discover things about myself, and the world, and a shared humanity
in another's face, relies on revealing the subtleties of
experiences imprinted there. However, the way I like to use paint
to do this, relies on gestural spontaneity and the possibility in
the juicy chaos of creating revealing accidents.
Building tension on the surfaces of his paintings
through his vigorous and fluid brushwork, Schierenberg captures the
emotional range that exists in real life. The portrait of a young
man All the Young Dudes portrays the bravura of an
adolescent youth, proffering his cigarette in a defiant gesture;
whilst in contrast, the weary older subject of Wanderer
invokes the spiritual burden of a man in self-imposed exile,
contemplating the end of his life. Wanderer forms one of
two images inspired by Schubert's song-cycle 'Wintereisse', the
melancholic tale of a traveller's journey through a bleak and
frozen wilderness. Even in works where the figure is absent such
asGods Ourselves, Schierenberg plays with the potential for
landscape to evoke the nuances of human sensibility.
The potent scene depicted in Descent from the
Cross, in which four footballers are suspended mid-air,
reveals its subjects in a state of being unselfconsciously in the
moment. Their bodily contortions recall the muscular expressiveness
of Rubens's painting of the same name. It may also be interpreted
as a metaphor for men at war.
Testing the limits of "what painting can do that other mediums
can't", Schierenberg's subjects appear to come into existence more
fully through the visceral qualities of the paint itself, embodying
the emotional subtleties of lived male experience.