Inventory # SP-E06607-002

1950 - 2023

Peaches and Grapes
encaustic on canvas
on verso signed, titled and dated 2007 - 2008
48 x 60 in, 121.9 x 152.4 cm

Private Collection, Vancouver
Sold sale of Canadian Post-War & Contemporary Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 26, 2016, lot 322
Private Collection, Vancouver

Robert Enright, “The Art of Downside Narrative: An Interview with Tony Scherman,” Border Crossings, August 2007, pages 69 - 77

Tony Scherman said in an interview: “If I’m out on the street or I’m in the subway and my eyes gaze over people, I can tell you that there is no period of time when my eye does not rest on something I find absolutely beautiful. It could be somebody’s tie, a hand, a view, it could be a woman’s face.” Such appreciation for universal beauty is evident in this stunning still life. Scherman has remained interested in still lifes throughout his oeuvre, using everyday and historic objects and turning them into reflective and contemplative paintings. In this work, the peaches are preserved in their most perfect state - colourful, ripe and impeccably round - and surrounded by luscious grapes. As a master in the medium of encaustic, Scherman’s subjects are illustrated with a rich vitality, both luminous and textural. He is also very well versed in art history, mythology and philosophy, often including references to such discourses in his work. As a result, this is far from a traditional still life - it is imposing in scale, incredibly physical in execution and rooted in both philosophy and theory.

Please note: this work is unframed.


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