TONY SCHERMAN BIO
Born in Toronto and educated at the Byam School of Painting and Drawing and the Royal College of Art, London, Tony Scherman is one of a handful of Canadian artists to have established an international following.
Scherman employs the seductive medium of encaustic with the same deftness as Jasper Johns and Brice Marden in the creation of his textual constructs. His narrative is presented through colours bled into others, lines amended and forms ‘liquified into shadow” to confuse our expectations and permit a multiplicity of readings.
Scherman works in series. He frequently engages mythological and historical subjects that are often paralleled with a current sociological perspective. Like such Anglo-American painters as Bruce McLean, Eric Fischl, David Salle and David Bates, Scherman constructs his narrative by sequentially linking together each painting to the text, creating a corpus of work where the sum of the parts is often greater than the whole.
He finds in the still-life genre, practiced so effectively throughout history by Zurbaran, Chardin and Cézanne, parables to our social and technological existence, a sort of modern day “mementi mori”. His palette of black, white, grey and pink owes much to Goya, distilled through Manet, as does his painterly handling of the encaustic medium in which he invites the viewer to share in the process of creation.
Select Solo Exhibitions
2014 Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China, Tony Scherman (forthcoming)
2013 Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, New Paintings
2013 Eastation Gallery, Beijing, China
2013 Canada Council Art Bank, Spotlight on 40 Years
2005 “New Paintings”, Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle
2005 “Ciao Gaia”, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver
2004 Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
2004 Galerie Haas & Fuchs, Berlin, Germany
2004 Galerie Pfefferle, Munich, Germany
2003 'Unthinkable thoughts', Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2003 'The Seduction of Oedipus', Winston Wächter Mayer Fine Art, New York, USA
2003 'The Seduction of Oedipus', Scott White Contemporary Art, La Jolla, USA
2003 'The Seduction of Oedipus', Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2002 'Chasing Napoleon' (touring exhibition), Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, Texas, USA
2002 'Chasing Napoleon' (touring exhibition), University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA
2002 'Chasing Napoleon' (touring exhibition), Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
2002 'The Blue Highway', Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, USA