Renowned Canadian Artist Tony Scherman Coming to Winnipeg to Mark WAG Show

Free celebration will see artist in conversation with Robert Enright

Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 6, 2019: The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) is gearing up for a public celebration of Heroes, Ghosts, and Dreams, a monumental solo show of paintings by Tony Scherman. The free event takes place Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM with an introduction by exhibition curator Dr. Stephen Borys, followed by an on-stage conversation with Scherman and art critic Robert Enright. The galleries will remain open until until 10 PM.

About the Artist:
• Born in Toronto in 1950, Tony Scherman spent his childhood and young adult life in Paris, Europe, and then London.
• Scherman returned to Toronto in 1976 and began focusing on portraiture, working exclusively in the wax and pigment encaustic technique.
• The artist has had more than 100 solo exhibitions across Canada, in the United States, Europe, and China. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions since the 1970s and his work is represented in 30 public collections across Canada and internationally.
• Unique traits make Scherman’s art stand out today: fantastic portraiture, a commitment to work in series, and the use of encaustic, an ancient technique blending hot wax and pigment.

About the Exhibition:
• Drawn from the WAG and private collections, Tony Scherman: Heroes, Ghosts, and Dreams brings together 28 paintings spanning the last 40 years of the artist’s production. The show is curated by Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO, and is on display until August 11, 2019.
• The exhibition unites works from several different series including About 1789, About 1865, Difficult Women, and The Junkies.
• Portraits of historic icons such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, and Simone de Beauvoir have a physical, tactile presence.
• In 2009, the artist donated 11 of his paintings to the WAG, followed in 2018 by six more from the About 1865 series, a gift from Ian and Catherine (Kiki) Delaney.
• The WAG-produced exhibition catalogue is available for purchase at both ShopWAG locations. It comprises guest critic essays, an in-depth interview with the artist, and stunning full-page images.
• This exhibition is presented by the WAG Foundation in honour of the 70th Anniversary of the Associates of the WAG. The accompanying exhibition catalogue is made possible through a generous gift of Malcolm Wells, B.Sc. (Hons) M.Sc. MD FRCP.


With two recent major gifts of Tony Scherman’s work to the WAG, I felt this was the right moment to share these amazing encaustic paintings with our audiences.  Drawn from the WAG and private collections, the assembly of canvases spans the last 40 years of the artist’s production, and features paintings from several celebrated series. Supported by a beautiful catalogue, this exhibition is the first major show of Scherman’s paintings in Canada in many years — and we’re thrilled that it’s happening in Winnipeg.
—Dr. Stephen Borys, Director & CEO and exhibition curator, Winnipeg Art Gallery

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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Amy Rebecca Harrison
Engagement Supervisor
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Amber O’Reilly
Engagement Officer
Winnipeg Art Gallery

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