Inspired by unseen narratives, Ferrouge paints to uncover the essence of a person or situation. Her recent paintings document the inner lives of children.
Twenty years of studio practice informs Ferrouge’s bold, rough, and colorful marks that masterfully describe figures that are often larger than life. At times the paintings become a commentary on the tradition of oil painting itself. Ferrouge tells a familiar, yet mysterious, anthropological tales that extends beyond the canvas.
Ferrouge was born in Minnesota, and studied in Florence, Italy, the Dominican Republic, and Amsterdam. After earning her BFA in painting from the University of Evansville, Indiana, Ferrouge taught art in inner-city Chicago, and Los Angeles before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. Recent honors include being selected for Kipaipai in Ojai, California and Halualoa, Hawaii; and a solo show entitled Mind of the Child. She has lived and worked in Oakland, California since 2006.