Painter Jamie Ferguson has an open studio and exhibits at NEA.
Jamie, who grew up in a creative family in Newcastle, is largely self taught, though admits to spending ‘some time’ at art school in Newcastle. His influences include his artist mother; antiquarian book collecting grandmother; Picasso, Salvadore Dali, Ficino and Botticelli.
Jamie loves all things antiquarian - books, furniture, art work and art ephemera such as antiquarian paint boxes and paints. Jamie recognizes that his creativity has been truncated because he’s moved so often; ‘I’ve lived, had kids, etc…’. Jamie has worked as an art tutor with people with acquired brain injury, intellectual disability and mental health problems and sees ‘outsider art’ as important because of the honesty of it. He highly values the advice he received about his work from Anton, a person with a disability, who said ‘That’s bloody silly, Jamie, but I love it’.
Now living with his young family in Baddaginnie near Benalla, Jamie has a sunny front studio at NEA which is resplendent with large, colourful canvases and well worth visiting if you are in Benalla.