Encaustic Work

Encaustic – from the ancient Greek enkaustikos, which means to heat or to burn.  Encaustic is the name for a medium, a pigmented wax, and a process.  The process involves heating medium and wax and applying it to a ground.  The inflexible ground must be somewhat porous to absorb the first layers of wax.

 

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From the time of Homer (800 B.C.) to the famous Fayum funerary portraits of Egypt (300 B.C.) to Diego Rivera and Arthur Dove to a major revival of the medium by Jasper Johns in the 1950’s, encaustic remains a durable, fascinating, and beautiful medium.  In recent years, artists are discovering this medium yet again.  It is being used traditionally and experimentally and offers a full range of technical and visual possibilities.