Artist Tony Scherman to Speak at WAG

Canadian artist Tony Scherman, whose exhibition Tony Scherman: A Major Acquisition, is currently on view at the WAG, will speak at the Gallery on Thursday, March 4 at 7pm. The talk is included with the cost of Gallery admission.

Encaustic painting is the art of painting with hot wax and Scherman is one of the most provocative practitioners of this challenging art form. Scherman’s remarkable practice has moved through a variety of subjects over the years. During his time at the Royal College of Art, London, England, he began experimenting with the genre of still life as a means to try to understand its traditions, and this interest in still life has remained a constant trajectory in his oeuvre. In the early 1980s Scherman began experimenting with abstraction, melding it with the still life subject. His work has since maintained a representational style, executed in luscious, heavily layered, dripped and scored encaustic.

Scherman’s recent work focuses heavily on major historical events, such as the French Revolution or events in pop culture, and generally is created in very definitive series entailing exhaustive research. Several of these series rely heavily on the genre of portraiture, of which Scherman is a master practitioner.

“The face fills the entire space of the canvas and the use of wax allows the artist to build up a heavily textured surface much like the bumps and wrinkles that are characteristic of human skin. The result is very impressive,” says Mary Reid, Curator of Contemporary Art and Photography.






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