(1937 – 2009)
Gerald (Jerry) Ferguson came to Halifax NS in 1968 at the invitation of Garry Kennedy, the newly appointed president of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He taught there until 2006. Together Kennedy and Ferguson transformed NSCAD into an internationally renowned art school. Ferguson made significant contributions to minimal, process and conceptual art through his “task-oriented” paintings, which involved the use of stencils, spray paint, household enamel applied with rollers, and similar utilitarian, commonplace materials and methods. Despite their matter-of-fact production and the artist’s skeptical posture, the paintings display a surprising elegance and subtle wit. Ferguson was included in the defining show of conceptual art at the Museum of Modern Art in 1970 titled Information. Over the years his work was exhibited and collected internationally and nationally with important exhibitions in Cologne, Los Angeles, New York and Warsaw, and in Canada in Calgary, Halifax, Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa (National Gallery of Canada).
(summary courtesy of Olga Korper Gallery)