Tony Scherman, ‘About 1789: Robespierre’, 1997, Winston Wächter Fine Art

Canadian artist Tony Scherman is best known for his masterful encaustic techniques, where pigment and wax create lush, textured, and dramatic surfaces. His portraiture and still lifes are carefully imbued with a dream-like intensity and the force of his vision. While Scherman calls upon historical figures and periods, he chooses to embellish his subjects with modern themes—thereby evoking symbolism and deeper meaning. Scherman exhibits internationally and is also featured in various public and corporate collections.

About Tony Scherman

Steeped in art historical precedent, Tony Scherman’s encaustic work simultaneously addresses contemporary visual culture. Scherman uses historical icons for his portrait’s subjects, embellishing figures like Abraham Lincoln with dramatic light and shadow to reveal greater emotion. The artist began working with encaustic to better understand the tradition of still life painting, as the fleshy wax imbues objects with a greater sensuality. In rich, textured layers, Scherman’s portraits explore the volatility of human experience. His “Difficult Women” series portrays feminine icons as both stoic and emotive and includes large-scale renderings of Rosa Parks, Serena Williams, Marilyn Monroe, and Margaret Thatcher.

Canadian, b. 1950, Toronto, Canada, based in Toronto, Canada