Since studying at the Royal Academy Schools, Shaun Ferguson has attracted a great deal of interest and acclaim as one of Britain’s most promising young figurative artists. He won the Discerning ‘New Discovery’ Award in the 90’s at the time the highest financial prize in an open art competition and invited to return in 2011.
Other awards include the Henry Wyndham Prize in 1990, the Elizabeth Greenshields Award 1989 and the David Murray Award for Landscape painting 1998. Shaun has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Discerning Eye at the Mall Galleries. His work has been shown with the Fairfax Gallery in New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Amsterdam. His works are in private and public collections, notably at Dublin’s Museum of modern art, Ulster museum and Durban Museum, South Africa.
‘This series of paintings mainly explore the female protagonist, as if plucked from a filmic or literary narrative. I intend these to be like all the best such characters – not passive and demure but strong and complex. With this in mind I have in some cases allowed the figure to address the viewer, to stare straight out and confront us. Props and costumes indicate play, battle or mischief. Part of the pleasure for myself comes in not quite knowing how things will play out – the implied narrative resulting from a specific model with a particular prop in a certain pose.
The paintings include oil and acrylic works, some noisy…bold and physical others quiet… more rendered. Each painting should have its own personality through the coming together of colour, tone, mark and composition with the subject. This means responding intuitively and allowing each one to go its own way, to find its individual temperament.’ Shaun Ferguson 2016