Adventureland!: The High-Spirited Art of Peter Ferguson

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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!

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Hi, I'm Stephen Kelly, a writer, editor, photographer and graphic designer living in beautiful San Francisco, CA, USA. Amongst the things I love are writing, photography, movies, music, fitness, travel, Batman, all things Australian, food and fun, all of which I hope to reflect in this here blog. Welcome aboard ... now let's get busy!
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9 Responses to Adventureland!: The High-Spirited Art of Peter Ferguson

  1. Hi, Stephen. I especially like numbers 11, 13, 16, and even more especially 11 with the cats more than the other two. There’s something magical about all those felines under the moon, that great big moon!

  2. pamtanzey says:

    His work is incredible!

  3. Viveka says:

    This is wired and wonderful! Not a science fiction fan of any sort, but this tickle me. Especially 30. I wish you a great weekend.

    • Well, howdy Viveka … yah, you don’t have to be a sci-fi fan to appreciate his work. I like the situations he creates … like his young, brash heroes, like in 13 and 20, but I just love #2. I love the sense of adventure in that one, that hopeful feeling at the beginning of an exciting escapade!

  4. petit4chocolatier says:

    I love science fiction and horror! And this is fascinating and edgy! Love them all 🙂

    • Hiya Judy! Cool! I loved all that Hardy Boy mysteries when I was a kid, and the covers of those book were a big part of the appeal … they had to tell a story strong enough to lure you in. And a lot of Peter Ferguson’s work is like that. I would love to know where the adventurer in #2 (my fave!) is going (he might not even know) or the story behind the protagonist in #20. I love the worlds he creates. I feel like I could look at one piece and write an entire story around it. Love it!

      • petit4chocolatier says:

        So true Stephen!! I feel the same way about much art. What was the story behind the art? I love Jackson Pollock and Salvador Dali and researched their creations while they were painting them. And found out so much about them!!

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