Tony Scherman, ‘Untitled (Anniversary)’, 2009, Caviar20

Evocative and sensual, this sublime Tony Scherman work on paper is an excellent example of his command of encaustic and his unique aesthetic.

Throughout his illustrious and dynamic career Tony Scherman (b. 1950) has create striking bodies of work that often portray the female form; sometimes characters from history or literature or contemporaries that delight or intrigue him.

Scherman's recent works, notably the series "Difficult Women" have depicted controversial, inspirational female figures. This work, which predates the series by a few years, is a paradigm of his practice in both form and content. Scherman is one of the few living artists working in encaustic (one of the most difficult medium to work in).

Tony Scherman’s work can be found in nearly every public collection in Canada, as well as many international museums including LACMA (Los Angeles) and Centre Pompidou (Paris)

(The McMichael Canadian Art Collection recently acquired four large Scherman paintings which are currently on display)

Additional images available on request.

Signature: Signed by the artist

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