Max Ferguson

Friday, March 12, 2010 13 No tags Permalink 0

About a year ago, March 2009, I was at the newly opened Simon Sips. Espresso. Double Cream Cake. Afternoon newspaper.

Simon Sips is no longer there, having been replaced by Bluebird Coffee Shop. But on that afternoon I just happened to be sitting next to a man with a manual camera. He was having coffee with a woman. He snapped two shots, pointed the camera at me and snapped another.

I hope you don’t mind,” he said. I nodded, no I don’t mind. And then turned back to the paper. He spoke again, “I’m a painter.” We had a brief conversation, exchanged information and that was that. I went home and Googled him (of course ;). The man turned out to be Max Ferguson – I knew the name was oddly familiar! I had seen his work in various publications in the past. Tiny, tiny world.

March turned to April turned to summer and then fall and winter.

One day I received a voicemail. It was Max. “I have a painting of you to be exhibited in Gallery Henoch. It needs to be varnished, almost completed. But let’s meet up and I can show you what I have thus far.

We met in the lobby of a Chelsea building. So strange, meeting up with a someone I had seen just once before, almost a year ago. Max had the painting with him, the one pictured at the top of this post. I remember that day at Simon Sips quite well. Afternoon cake (you can see the Double Cream Cake in the piece!) followed by dinner at Motorino with Eric. I did my taxes later that night too :)

13 Comments
  • K and S
    November 30, -0001

    if you had not said it was a painting I would have thought it was the photo! Amazing!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 30, -0001

    Super thanks for the comments everyone!! It was such a sweet surprise…completely unexpected. Even in real life, it looks a lot like a photo. Max was explaining to me how his paintings aren't done in "real life" but painted from photos that he has taken over the years. How cool is that??! :)

  • Living on the Spit
    March 12, 2010

    How beautiful and what a wonderful story to go along with this once in a lifetime event.

  • anonymous
    March 12, 2010

    WOW! That looks like a photo!You really do lead a rich life.Thanks for sharing.Alan from Makiki

  • :) josefina :)
    March 12, 2010

    WOW! That is amazing. Didn't realize it was the painting until I read the end of the post.

  • anonymous
    March 12, 2010

    this is so cool! i am now checking out his work. :)

  • Helen
    March 12, 2010

    I love the painting! I actually thought it was a photo until I read your post. I miss your frequent posts. I hope all is well with you!

  • anonymous
    March 12, 2010

    How wonderful! It's a great painting.

  • anonymous
    March 12, 2010

    wow! a painting? thought it was a photo. real cooool.

  • Katie
    March 13, 2010

    I've been admiring the work at Gallery Henoch for a while now and had planned to go there this weekend to check out the winter show (Max Ferguson is fantastic; I've been admiring David Baker's paintings as well). I'll have to make a trip back when your painting is upfor the spring show, I assume…? What a coincidence!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    March 13, 2010

    Hi Katie!Super thanks for your comment! I believe it is part of the winter show (it's been up since December – I haven't gotten a chance to check it out myself!) It's on the Gallery Henoch site as well – http://www.galleryhenoch.com/artists/ferguson/121.html …neato! :)

  • Shine
    March 15, 2010

    I love that you live in New York and it ends up being a small world Kathy! That made me giggle. My husband has an expression "It's a small world until you have to paint it" but I suppose this is the perfect anecdote to turn that phrase on it's head.

  • Poncho Wearer
    March 22, 2010

    So cool.

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