Encaustic Art in Ireland by Irish Artist Anne Curran
My New Work is all around using the Ancient Medium of Encaustic Art Painting. It is painted with Beeswax that is heated or burned onto different surfaces (enkaustikos– the Greek word to heat or burn).
This heat is used from start to finish with Medium (beeswax and resin) and with colours made from pigments. These are applied in layers and left to harden. Encaustic Art is so interesting as it lends itself to all kinds of expression with adding and subtracting and incising from the surface to create images of great depth of colour to transparency. Encaustic Art enables the artist to engage any subject with great ambition response and reaction as the medium of Encaustic is almost sculptural in its handling. Working in the studio with this Encaustic Art method is inspiring and continues to develop as the practice continues. I am working with Encaustic on paper creating Encaustic Monotypes. This medium has great potential in enhancing the creative process and lends itself to abstraction to whatever project I may be working on in my studio.
Below is a short video of the technique.