Tony Scherman

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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 through the visceral quality of his materials. While Scherman calls on historical figures and periods, he chooses to embellish his subjects with modern themes—18th and 19th century icons and contemporary rebels are portrayed in close crops against stark backgrounds, defiantly occupying the picture plane, and often meeting the viewer’s gaze.


Tony Scherman has exhibited extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has been featured in The New York Times, Art in America, Art Papers, and American Art Collector. His paintings are held in various public, private and corporate collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Montréal, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, the Denver Museum of Art, and Centre George Pompidou, Paris, among many others.

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