This image of an oil painting November 2008 by Tai-Shan Shierenberg is from Flowers Gallery in London. I was watching an excellent programme about self-portraits by the BBC entitled Ego: The Strange and Wonderful World of Self-Portraits, and this introduced me to Shierenberg's work, to which I am very much drawn. Art critic Laura Cumming takes us through self-portraiture beginning in 1500 with one of Albrecht Dürer's, up until contemporary painters, and uses Shierenberg to explain how he composes a self-portrait, (his main forte is portraiture), and in particular the out-of-focus eye that can be depicted. As you can see from his landscape above, Shierenberg is no slouch with other subjects. Although he may not appreciate the comparison, (although it is meant as the very highest compliment), to my mind there is a similarity between his work and that of the late Lucien Freud.
It would be nice to own one.