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The Storyteller
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 168x152 cm
Year created: 2004
Location: London
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The Storyteller Tai-Shan Schierenberg

This intimate portrait is based on the writer Sebastian Faulkes and shows Tai-Shan’s insight into the sitter’s psychological state. He uses the impasto technique, layering the paint thickly on the canvas to give greater texture – as a result, the figure appears to rise out of the picture. Tai-Shan explores the concept of myth in this work and the archetypal narrator, or storyteller.


Tai-Shan Schierenberg

Tai-Shan Schierenberg was born in England to a German father and Chinese mother. Throughout his childhood, he lived in London, Malaysia and Germany. He studied at the Slade School of Art in 1981, London, and in 1989 he won first prize in the National Portrait Gallery's John Player Portrait Award. Other noted commissions include Professor Stephen Hawking, Sir John Madejski and a double portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.