ENCAUSTICS

 Howard Hersh

Howard Hersh

 Rebecca Alex's "Crucible" and 4 “Eclipse” paintings of a lily unfolding

Rebecca Alex's "Crucible" and 4 “Eclipse” paintings of a lily unfolding

 Mari Marks (foreground)

Mari Marks (foreground)

 Mary Black

Mary Black

 Karen Frey's "Bumper Car Girl"

Karen Frey's "Bumper Car Girl"

 

Now for something completely different.

Encaustic wax paint originated in Ancient Greece, flourished in Egypt and inevitably spread to Rome. After a decline through the rise of Islam and the Middle Ages, it enjoyed a revival in the mid-eighteenth century.

This art form appeared in America in 1767 after Charles Wilson Peale visited London and saw what the European artists were doing. In the twentieth century It spread through Diego Rivera, Jackson Pollack, Jasper Johns and the availability of portable electric heating tools.

Encouraged, other artists expanded the process from painting to collage, sculpture, and printmaking.

Please stop in to see the works of five amazing modern practitioners of this 2000-year-old art. Take some time to peruse the wonderful book that showcases our artists: Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century by Anne Lee and E. Ashley Rooney.   –Peter

 

Our artists:

Rebecca Alex
Mary Black
Karen Frey
Howard Hersh
Mari Marks

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 15 from 12-6 pm.

Book signing from 1-3.