Lot Sale Results

Antony (Tony) Scherman
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 064

Antony (Tony) Scherman
1950 - Canadian

Circe (The Odyssey Part II)
encaustic on canvas
on verso signed, titled and dated July 2009
60 x 60 in  152.4 x 152.4cm

Georgia Scherman Projects Inc., Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

David Moos et al., Tony Scherman: New Mythologies, The Gallery at Windsor, 2011, reproduced catalogue #17, unpaginated

The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach, Florida, Tony Scherman: New Mythologies, March 26 - May 31, 2011

In his introduction to the exhibition catalogue for Tony Scherman: New Mythologies, curator David Moos describes the titular subject of our painting: "Even obscure figures drawn from literature - such as Circe, the demiurge, enchantress and sometime sorceress from Homer's Odyssey - acquire an unsettling grandeur." Indeed, the magnified and close-cropped visage in Circe is disconcerting, due not only to her size, but also to the elimination of the background, which normally provides context, clues and perspective. Without these visual cues we, the viewers, must form our own version of the goddess's story. Instead of providing context, Scherman focuses on the surface of the work, building up layers of hot, melting, pigmented wax, the texture emulating that of human skin and suggesting a fusion of the subject's skin and that of the canvas. The drips, splashes, scoring and scraping indicate the labour-intensive physical process required to produce such a work. Circe (The Odyssey Part II) is a stunning example from Scherman's series of seductive oversized portraits.

Estimate: $30,000 ~ $50,000 CAD

Sold For: $35,400.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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