Peter Ferguson is a Canadian artist whose work toes the line between science fiction, adventure, the fantastical and the imaginative … sometimes all in the same painting! Born in Montreal, he decided on becoming an illustrator at an early age after seeing Star Wars, and the high-spirited adventure of that film is reflected in works such as #8, #19, #20 and #26. Many of his paintings also features teen adventurers not unlike a certain Indiana Jones. Check out the swaggering young heroes of #2, #8, #10 and #20 (above) and you’ll see what I mean.
Fueled by the extraordinary and the bizarre, he creates worlds where fantastic science fiction-like characters roam and interact in desolate, perhaps other-worldly environments. Exploration into unknown territories, and dealing with the dangers found there, are also reoccurring themes in his work. And while the protagonists of his paintings often seem like they’re in great peril, like the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew, we know that they’ll eventually come out on top! This may because the covers of those classic “young detective” books are obvious influences in his work.
While his technique is obvious and amazing (he primarily works in oils), his ability to express a narrative without using words is his calling card, and it’s no surprise that his work has been featured on book covers, as text illustrations and in posters, or that he counts Marvel Comics as one of his clients.
Ladies and gentlemen, I proudly present the swashbuckling work of Peter Ferguson!