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LOT 079

Antony (Tony) Scherman
1950 -

Conversations with the Devil
encaustic on canvas
on verso signed, titled and dated 2001 twice
37 3/8 x 55 1/4 in 94.9 x 140.3 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $21,060

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Private Collection, Paris

Conversations with the Devil is from Tony Scherman’s series of the same title, executed between 2000 and 2009. Far from traditional still lifes, Scherman’s work from this series is highly conceptual. This piece has an intriguing connection to historical accounts, psychoanalysis and the artist’s own private confrontation with the subjects. Scherman spent time in Amsterdam and was captivated by the flower markets. However, he does not create a specific environment nor build a definitive background – instead it is common for him to float his subjects on a dark, amorphous backdrop. He skillfully uses the encaustic medium to further disconnect, displace and reconstruct the subject. Scherman is asking us to contemplate the ambiguity of the subject and think about the purpose of the flowers, which may represent birth, love or death, and as a result awaken personal “conversations with the devil”. The work’s theoretical density is matched by Scherman’s accomplishment in mastering the difficult, luminous medium. As a result, his work is included in notable public institutions including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg and The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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