Tai-Shan Schierenberg


Born in 1962, Tai Shan Schierenberg studied at Central St. Martin's and The Slade School of Art, graduating in 1987. Upon graduating, Schierenberg won first prize in the National portrait Gallery's John player Portrait Award. Following this, Schierenberg was commissioned to paint Sir John Mortimer for the National Portrait Gallery, which also holds Schierenberg's portraits of Lord Carrington, Lord Sainsbury and Seamus Heaney. Schierenberg has also been commissioned to paint Professor Stephen Hawking, Sir John Madejski and a joint portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Schierenberg's work is held in numerous collections, including those of the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Gallery, Cambridge University, Oxford University and the BBC. Schierenberg's Entropy (2017) was acquired by Ruth Borchard Collection in 2017. The following year, Schierenberg was a chosen to be a judge on Sky Portrait Artist of the Year. Schierenberg is represented by the Flowers Gallery.

Both a figurative and landscape painter, Schierenberg is best known for his portraits. Schierenberg's work is recognisable for his attention to texture and light and the way in which they effect his subjects. Entropy is no exception to this, with the artist's head captured in carefully applied shades of grey, emerging from frenetic marks on the canvas that gesture at a wider body. In Schierenberg's own words: '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 it's good to try a new way, a different path, expose oneself to the vagaries of chance - and see the trees again.'