Tai-Shan Schierenberg’s monumental portraits with their thick juicy paint are hot business these days, selling almost before the final brushstroke is put down. Their appeal is easy enough to see, though perhaps only ‘in the flesh’ do they have their full impact. This, I think, is down to the fact that his work has such a fleshy quality about it.
Comparisons to Lucian Freud are inevitable, and he has been criticized for doing what Freud does, but simply scaled up. It’s pretty hard to deny the similarity, though there is a distinct atmosphere to Schierenberg’s work. They seem a bit more joyful, a bit less harsh in their representation. Personally, I think comparison to Freud can only be a good thing, and Schierenberg’s work does not suffer for lack of originality, as its sincerity seems perfectly clear.