My Daily Art
And for his medium, he adopted the ancient encaustic technique – mixing hot wax with pigment – a technique seldom used among his contemporaries. In his work, he confronts both world history and art history, utilizing imprints and close-ups, and the modern technologies of the camera and film to achieve the desired outcome.
In 2018, the WAG received a major donation of paintings from Scherman’s About 1865 series, including the monumental portraits of American Civil War Generals Grant, Lee, and Sherman, and a haunting image of Abraham Lincoln.
Coincidentally, I was in Richmond, Virginia in early 2019, where I quickly became reacquainted with the stories and figures of the Confederate south. A few weeks later, I visited Tony in Toronto to get his take on the series and the characters depicted.
That led to the 2019 exhibition at the WAG where these portraits took centre stage along with other legendary characters the artist has captured, some of them heroes, the others, ghosts and dreams. Scherman’s commitment to working serially is undisputed, and the exhibition featured seminal paintings from several of his most celebrated series, now in the WAG collection.
While the WAG is temporarily closed, this series of posts from Director & CEO, Dr. Stephen Borys, shares an artwork from the collection every day until the Gallery reopens. Follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, or visit our stories section for this and more WAG@Home content.