FAMILY & FRIENDS
collection of impressive portraits by the artist John Duncan
Fergusson will be on show at the Fergusson Gallery from Saturday 21
September. The new exhibition titled Fergusson, Family & Friends
runs until March 2003.
Fergusson (1874-1961) based the majority of his portraits on his
family and friends. His outgoing personality led him to enjoy the
company of a wide and interesting circle of friends and contacts.
The exhibition gives a fascinating insight into this social circle,
which consisted of writers, dancers and artists, many of whom he met
when he lived in Paris from 1907 to 1914.
The 30 works on display are colourful, vibrant, and at times exotic.
Fergusson captured the models’ characters through his use of
colour and pattern. He also experimented with scale, and the works
on show range in size from small oil paintings on wooden panels, to
monumental sized canvases. In addition to paintings, the exhibits
include several conte drawings which illustrate Fergusson’s high
level of skilled draughtsmanship.
Family & Friends also includes a number of interesting self
portraits. These portray an intense, brooding side to Fergusson’s
character, very different to the colourful female portraits, which
constitute the majority of his artistic output.
is also space and materials in the gallery for you to draw your own
portrait or self portrait so why not come along and be inspired by
the work of Fergusson. Also, look out for future details of The Big
Draw Portrait Competition which will be run by the Fergusson Gallery
on the 19 October.