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 life 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 was born in Toronto, Canada in 1950. He received his MA from the Royal College of Art in London in 1974. Over his nearly fifty-year career, he has exhibited in dozens of solo exhibitions in North America, Europe, and Asia. Selected group exhibitions include those at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and several Canadian museums. His work is held in dozens of public and private collections in North America and Europe such as the Centre Georges Pompidou, Los Angeles County Museum, The Denver Art Museum, The High Museum, and the Musée de l’Art Contermporain in Montréal. He has been featured in The New York TimesArt in AmericaArt PapersArt Press, and American Art Collector.

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Videos Featuring Tony Scherman

  • Artists Talk – Gerald Cupchik in conversation with Tony Scherman