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Tai Shan Schierenberg our new Head of Painting

October 3rd, 2013  |  Published in Diploma News, News

Tai is a judge on the Sky Arts Portraits prize and one of the few portrait artists to have been commissioned to paint HM the Queen as well as such personalities as Seamus Heaney and Stephen Hawkins.
The Art Academy is delighted to announce that contemporary portrait artist Tai Shan Schierenberg is our new head of painting.

Tai has works in the Tate and the National Portrait Gallery and holds the prestigious BP Portrait award. But surprisingly, he describes joining the academy as ‘an exciting accident’.

In his characteristically light and humorous way he says that falling in with the Art Academy is the first time he has ever done something such as this.“When I think back to my art education at St Martins and later the Slade, I recall being given no useful information in the first and a very narrow dogmatic system to work with in the second, and I’ve always been sure there must be a better way of helping inexperienced painters to develop. If done well, there is so much useful artistic knowledge that the more experienced painters can offer students to help them on their journey without inhibiting the development of their own voices. The Art Academy with its independent programme and supportive working environment is offering me the opportunity to put these thoughts into action.”

Founder of The Art Academy Tanya Russell said “Tai represents the utmost standards of vision and professionalism – qualities we seek to instill in our Fine Art students by providing the highest levels of skill tuition around. Tai’s vast working experience, knowledge and skill means that he will be a great inspiration for us all.”

Tai will be teaching on our Fine Art diploma course, to find out more information about this course or on ways to apply visit here.