Tony Scherman

Tony Scherman
encaustic and paper on board signed and dated 87

24 ins x 24.75 ins
60.0 cms x 54.4 cms

Estimate: $4,000—6,000
Price Realised: $3600

Concrete Contemporary Art Auction
Date of Auction: 3/5/2013
Lot 15

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Tony Scherman is one of the most provocative encaustic painters in Canadian history. He is mostly recognized for his stunning and textured portraits of individuals of historical and popular significance. Sherman combines wax with various pigments to make an encaustic, then applies layer upon layer slowly onto the canvas. This build up of material gives his work a sense of life and earthiness as the wax looks very natural, almost flesh-like. Blanketing the canvas with a heavy weight, the encaustic is dripped and scored across the surface creating an incredible sense of depth.

Prior to his paintings based on mythology, art historical narratives, and culturally iconic personalities in the early 1990s, Tony Scherman painted scenes with unidentified “characters” posed within cinematic backgrounds. Though they are likely self-referential, the figures are universal, contemplative presences and capable of echoing our collective emotions and experiences.

Sherman was born Toronto in 1950 and received his M.A from the Royal College of Art in London, England in 1974. Since then, he has exhibited professionally in North America and Europe. His works are widely collected by major museums and corporations and he regularly lectures at colleges and universities on both continents. He is also a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Birth Location:
Toronto, ON

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