Monumental Works by Tony Scherman on View at the WAG

 Encaustic painting is the art of painting with hot wax and Canadian artist Tony Scherman is one of the most provocative practitioners of this challenging art. An exhibition of his work, Tony Scherman: A Major Acquisition, opens at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on January 9, continuing until March 14.

“The WAG collection held only one Tony Scherman painting until 2009 when he generously donated eleven more, spanning his entire oeuvre,” says Mary Reid, Curator of Contemporary Art and Photography. “This exhibition charts the course of his career beginning with still life, moving on to abstraction, then a representational style, and his most recent work focusing on major historical or pop culture events. Scherman’s work is about beauty, both the exquisite lightness and tortuous darkness of the human experience.”

In discussing the effect produced by the encaustic process, Reid cites Scherman’s portraiture, including images of Marlon Brando as Napoleon and Jim Morrison. “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, in huge 6 foot canvases, is very impressive.”

“It’s always a great moment when an artist chooses to donate a significant body of work to a public gallery—and the WAG celebrates this major gift,” says WAG Director Dr. Stephen Borys.

Related Programs

Artist Talk
With local artist and encaustic painter Tim Schouten
Thursday, January 21 • 7pm

Exhibition Tours
Wednesday, February 3 • 12:10pm at Art for Lunch
Sunday, February 28 • 2pm

Art Workshop
Saturday and Sunday, January 23-24 • Encaustic Painting • Registration deadline January 11.

Artist Talk
With Tony Scherman
Thursday, March 4 • 7:30pm
 

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