Tony Scherman ranks among the leading figurative artists of his generation and is widely acknowledged as the leading exponent of encaustic painting. Coming of age at a time when Pop Art and Conceptualism prevailed in the 1970s, Scherman opted to pursue traditional figuration, focusing on portraiture. Working in the unusual media of encaustic, dissolving pigment into melted wax that is swiftly applied in translucent layers to the canvas, Scherman achieves a life-like essence, telegraphing moments of psychological intensity in his magnified faces. Although classical in appearance, Scherman's dramatic portraits are contemporary meditations on a range of character types encompassing villains and celebrities, bombshells and intellectuals.

Born in Toronto in 1950, Scherman received an MA from the Royal College of Art in London in 1974. He has since exhibited his works in solo and group exhibitions in North America, Europe and Asia. Scherman’s work is represented in many private and public collections, among them the Los Angeles County Museum; Denver Museum of Art; San Diego Museum; High Museum Atlanta; Library of Congress, Washington; Contemporary Arts Society London; Arts Council of Great Britain; Pompidou Centre, Paris; F.R.A.C. Ile de France; Schlossmuseum Murnau, Germany; the Art Gallery of Ontario; Musée d’art contemporain; Montreal Museum of Fine Art and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

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Tony Scherman Semen Cultui
Semen Cultui, 2018
encaustic on canvas
36" x 36"

Tony Scherman Mommy Romulus
Mommy Romulus, 2016-2018
encaustic on canvas
42" x 36"

Tony Scherman My Girlfriend Ophelia
My Girlfriend Ophelia, 2013
encaustic on canvas
72" x 60"

Tony Scherman Grey Nun
Grey Nun, 2011
encaustic on canvas
54" x 60"

Tony Scherman Conversations with the Devil
Conversations with the Devil, 2007
encaustic on canvas
36" x 36"

Tony Scherman Lady Macbeth
Lady Macbeth, 2000
etching, edition of 40
17" x 14"

Tony Scherman Flowers
Flowers, 2000
etching, edition of 40
33" x 26"

Tony Scherman Secret Life of Robespierre
The Secret Life of Robespierre, 1998
etching, edition of 40
22" x 18"