TONY SCHERMAN “PEONIES PUSH” ENCAUSTIC MONOPRINT, 2002
Tony Scherman (b. 1950) is one of the most collected and celebrated Canadian artists working today. He is renowned internationally for his work, typically executed in encaustic – a mix of beeswax, oil, and pigment – which is one of the most difficult mediums to work in.
His deep palette and sumptuous subjects, whether contemporary, historical, or allegorical, often reference the titans of figurative painting ranging from Goya to Manet.
This moody depiction of a bouquet of peonies is a fantastic example of Scherman’s singular aesthetic and technique. Rich, textured layers of creamy pastels are met with an intense midnight background, creating a luminous composition that amplifies the peony’s abundance.
Unique to this work is the unexpected vantage point which seemingly captures the flowers plunging downward, perhaps a result of their weighted blooms. While peonies are voluminous and intricate, they have a notoriously short blooming season of about seven days, making them exceptionally impressive and extremely ephemeral.
Tony Scherman’s work can be found in nearly every public collection in Canada as well as many international museums, including LACMA (Los Angeles) and Centre Pompidou (Paris).
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“Untitled (Peonies Push)”
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