"I paint vibrant, fluid, tactile works on canvas that explore the pastoral, architectural, and sensory experiences I interact with, and my emotional responses to them. My work is composed of worlds of influence--many circles--each independent yet connected and dependent on the whole that speak of people and other physical and imagined entities and emotions."
These paintings are geometric landscapes, complex abstract fields out of which emerge images--trees, faces, and bodies. This work draws on the essence of traditional landscape painting (an encounter with nature) and combines it with the artist's emotional reactions. The result is physical reality and feelings intertwined.
The artist's working process is a direct one, usually with no preliminary drawing. After the initial choice of a painting's color and structure, the artist applies hue, which changes the shapes in the painting with each application. A canvas will develop as a spontaneous, free-flowing conversation between the artist and the painting, with the completed work the result of a very organic process.
Ferst was born in the Bronx in New York City in 1955. As a child, he was involved in drawing and painting, and through his mother was exposed to art in New York's museums. Ferst went on to major in printmaking, specializing in serigraphs, at New York University, graduating in 1976. After a period of time, Ferst picked up painting again and has developed his craft further through life experience.
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Roots, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, Saint John Art Centre, 2009
Painting on the Edge, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, 2009
Toronto Art Expo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Convention Centre, 2010
Desert Abstractions, Tucson, AZ, USA, Old Town Artisans, 2013
Art for Contemporary Desert Living, Tucson, AZ, USA, Content Interiors, 2013
CIGI, Seagram Museum, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 2007
Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Cambridge, Cambridge,Ontario, Canada, 2005
Nesbitt Burns, Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2009