Fergus Fine Art Studios

Fine Art with an Edge

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:   Why do you sign your work "Fergus" instead of your full name ("Michael Ferguson")?

A:   This answer is two-fold;  Firstly, this is a nod to my ancestry (I'm a mix of many things, but the largest portions of my ethnicity are of Nordic and Celtic origins).  Simultaneously, this also pays homage to some of the ancient wisdom of those older societies - specifically to the "connectedness of all things" that factors so heavily into many of the world's early belief systems and social conventions.  At its base, it's a recognition that transcends superstition and myth to acknowledge that nothing exists in a vacuum and that everything impacts and/or depends upon something else.   Personally, it often seems the human race (in spite of it's many 'advancements') has turned a blind eye to the hard-earned wisdom from our collective past... and has become 'less' than it could be, for doing so. 

Well,  those two reasons and the fact that my actual signature is atrociously illegible...

Q:   What type of art do you create / What category does your work fall under?

A:   Every artist needs to pursue their own path.  That's an easy statement to make.  While doing so, many quite naturally gravitate toward the styles and materials which speak to them and which make their processes (and results) come together to say what they want to communicate through their work.    That said, some artists (myself included) seem to need to constantly explore new approaches/techniques/materials, as an extension of the directions their own creative energies take them.  For me, the creative process needs to be an evolving one on all fronts.  I subscribe to the belief that there is no 'right or wrong' in Art, as long as the artist has given themselves the freedom to (thoughtfully, carefully and with attention to craftsmanship) make mistakes while constantly cultivating the talent/insight/maturity to know which ones to keep (to paraphrase Scott Adams).   

OK, to answer the question:  Several.


I create different types of contemporary art because I'm driven by all of them.  All of them are part of my 'artistic vision', I suppose, and they all need to come out in some way or another.   Most of my work is consciously considered and planned before allowing my creative process the freedom to muck about with those plans.  For me, each piece is a way to communicate something.   Sometimes, it's social commentary or a sensual appreciation of form and movement while other times it may be a thought/glimpse/snippet that I felt compelled to render.  At other times, I may be working in multiple categories simultaneously (while one layer dries/cures/is-being-contemplated I'll work on another piece until it's time to change gears again - traversing back-and-forth until one or both pieces evolve to completion).


Some might think this approach to be 'all over the map', but I would respectfully disagree with those fine folks.  This is MY process - it's how I work and how I make the best use of my time to share what my work has to say.  It's an approach that's certainly not for everyone - it's exhausting, to be sure.  

I think that may be one reason why my work generally leans toward expressions that involve 'movement' of one kind or another, because that's part of what drives me in all of these efforts - the sense of motion/movement/direction/flow.  For me, that's often an integral part of the message.   Now that I think of it, perhaps I should look for a new 'category/genre' label for my work - one that highlights 'movement' as a core feature (a la 'abstractive sensual kineticism' or some such moniker).... hmm, that's something to think about.

But if labels are important, then one could consider my work to criss-cross across the realms of Abstractive Realism, Surrealism, Realism, Abstract Expressionism, Impressionism, Deconstructivism, Suggestivism and Abstract Sensualism with the above-mentioned sense of 'movement' (whether conveyed obviously or called to attention by its marked absence).  

Q:   Why don't you stay with a single medium, like many other artists?

A:   Please see the above answer about categories/genres of work - there is a similar thread through these answers.  The pieces that I've already envisioned in my head require the use of different materials and techniques to create.  Part of the creative process, for me, is also about interacting with different media to create different types of results, intentionally.   For example, some of the imagery in my mind lends itself well to catalyzed urethanes or chemical patina processes on metal substrates while other pieces require the texture and opacity of canvas/linen with the flow of water to build up translucent or opaque layers.    For me, the creative process is not just about 'using' materials, it is intertwined WITH the materials themselves.   Again, speaking only for myself, creating art is about embracing this interconnectedness between medium, technique, message and process - I don't see that ending any time soon.  All of the above aside, I do sometimes work in 'series', meaning that I will create a number of pieces which fit together in terms of genre or category or material... so, I suppose there will always be ways for my work to be 'grouped' by category, if that's needed. 


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The Art of Michael Ferguson

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.  If I receive the same questions often enough, I will add them to this page, for all others, I'll respond to you directly.