Tony Scherman, ‘Untitled (Tabletop)’, 1987, Caviar20

What appears to be at first glance, an abstraction reminiscent of Gerhard Richter's, on deeper inspection the work reveals itself to be a depiction of one of Tony Scherman's favorite motifs: the tiered dessert plate.

Here it realized in a deep highly textured navy, amongst a palette of canary yellow and violet. The tiered dessert plate is a symbol of decadence and Baroque grandeur. But in this work, the plates appear to be empty,perhaps at an abandoned table.

Scherman frequently alludes to the grandness of past centuries, both in his subject matter and his impressive technique of painting with encaustic.

This work on paper, is a fine example of Scherman's mastery of encaustic and a paradigm of his work in the 1980's (when his palette was more colorful)

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: Initialed and dated 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