Antony (Tony) Scherman

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Antony (Tony) Scherman

1950 -

Born in Toronto in 1950, Tony Scherman moved to Paris with his family in 1955, remaining there until age 9. He attended the Byam Shaw School of Art in London from 1968 to 1971 and received his M.A. from London's Royal College of Art in 1974. During his teenage years, his father, a professional violinist, did studio recordings with the Beatles, Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones, among others. Scherman met his wife, fellow artist Margaret Priest, at the Royal College of Art and they moved back to Toronto in 1976.
Scherman works exclusively in encaustic, an ancient and challenging technique that involves combining melted wax with pigments. Encaustic brings an instant patina of age to Scherman's canvases - and he applies it in translucent layers, resulting in light-filled surfaces rich with texture. Another feature of his work is the large-scale format and close cropping of his figurative subjects, which range from still lifes to historical figures such as Robespierre and Napoleon to animals and portraits of well known actors. Frequently he deliberately leaves his backgrounds abstracted and simple, compeling the viewer to interact with the subject of the work. Although thoroughly contemporary, his work is steeped in European tradition, from artists Rembrandt and Franz Hals to more recent painters such as Thomas Eakins and Lucian Freud.
Scherman has exhibited in solo and group shows in North America and Europe and has been a visiting critic and lecturer at universities, art colleges and galleries around the world. His work can be found in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the Glenbow Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, among others.

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Napoleon Bonaparte: Italy
72 x 72in 182.9 x 182.9cm
encaustic on canvas

Estimate:  $30,000 - $50,000 CDN
Sold for:   $64,350 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2010 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 25, 2010
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The Matador's Wife
40 x 108 3/4in 101.6 x 276.2cm
encaustic on canvas triptych

Estimate:  $30,000 - $40,000 CDN
Sold for:   $44,250 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2016 - 4th Session auction on Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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J. Creed
54 x 60in 137.1 x 152.4cm
encaustic on canvas

Estimate:  $20,000 - $25,000 CDN
Sold for:   $43,125 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2006 auction on Friday, November 24, 2006
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Location of Fruit
70 x 60in 177.8 x 152.4cm
1990
encaustic on canvas

Estimate:  $35,000 - $50,000 CDN
Sold for:   $40,950 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2011 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 24, 2011
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Brando as Bonaparte (Series: About 1789)
72 x 60in 182.9 x 152.4cm
encaustic on canvas

Estimate:  $30,000 - $50,000 CDN
Sold for:   $38,025 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2008 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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Apollo: The Seduction of Oedipus
40 x 45in 101.6 x 114.3cm
encaustic on canvas

Estimate:  $20,000 - $30,000 CDN
Sold for:   $35,400 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2014 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 27, 2014
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Circe (The Odyssey Part II)
60 x 60in 152.4 x 152.4cm
encaustic on canvas

Estimate:  $30,000 - $50,000 CDN
Sold for:   $35,400 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2015 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 26, 2015
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The Blue Highway: Framboisier
54 x 60in 137.1 x 152.4cm
encaustic on canvas

Estimate:  $20,000 - $30,000 CDN
Sold for:   $35,100 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2013 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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A Kim Phuc V
72 x 72in 182.9 x 182.9cm
encaustic on canvas

Estimate:  $30,000 - $35,000 CDN
Sold for:   $32,450 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2015 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Liberty 1789
30 1/8 x 30 1/8in 76.5 x 76.5cm
encaustic on canvas

Estimate:  $12,000 - $16,000 CDN
Sold for:   $32,175 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2013 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 28, 2013
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