ROCKS AND BUSHES
enamel on canvas
signed, titled and dated ‘08 on the overflap
48 ins x 55 ins; 121.9 cms x 139.7 cms
Gerald Ferguson is best known as one of Canada’s most important conceptualist artists and pre-eminent educators. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1937, Ferguson relocated to Nova Scotia in 1968 to take a teaching position at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and was highly influential in establishing the institution as a renowned centre of conceptual art throughout the 1970s.
Ferguson’s works are represented in many important collections throughout Canada, the United States and Europe, including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the Museum Sztuki in Poland. He has received solo shows at numerous institutions including the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa). In 1995, Ferguson received the prestigious $50,000 Molson Prize for Visual Art. This work, Rocks and Bushes (2008), part of his final series of landscape paintings created in homage to American painter Marsden Hartley, was exhibited at Wynick/Tuck Gallery in Toronto in 2009, the year of his death at age 73.
Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto