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Living with Art

Encaustic wax is a truly special painting technique. It is slow, laborious and magical allowing the artist to bring intuitive expressions to the work. It allows the subconscious to take over, during this process the work transforms and goes beyond the mundane and predictable. It opens the senses to a poetic and thrilling adventure.

Living with Art By Ezshwan Winding. Sat, Jan 14, 5-8pm. Gallery One- Hannah Jarmain Art, Codo 1

The fluidity of the encaustic medium is challenging, exhilarating, inspiring and exciting, making a painting that can be looked into as well as looked at. Layered luminosity that is appealingly tactile, encouraging viewers to stroke and caress the surface, discovering the sensual experience of encaustic art

In the words of artist Ezshwan Winding:

As a child, I would stand in front of old masters’ paintings in the Chicago Art Institute and tell myself, “Someday I will be an artist.” And, for the last fifty years, I have been creating and exhibiting art in Europe, United States and Mexico. I began painting with encaustic in 1999 after seeing abstract encaustic paintings in a gallery in Portland, OR. It was love at first sight .

I had to find out how to use encaustic! I had been painting since I was 12 years old and used almost every medium during my time in art school, but I knew nothing about how to create the encaustic paint. I checked technical art books in bookstores and somehow came up with a recipe and began my exploration of encaustic.

The creation of art includes inspiration, hard work and a routine. Most days I like to spend six to eight hours in the studio. Since I began working I encaustic, I am sure I have put in 10,000 hours using this technique.

Encaustic is an ancient, but “new” medium in its current usage, and as I meet more and more artists using wax in their work, I am struck with how we are inventing it as we go.

“Encaustic” comes from the Greek word enkaustikos and means, “to burn in”. If each layer is not heat fused into the underlying layer, it is not encaustic; it is wax painting and not the same thing. The first use of encaustic was in Greece more than two thousand years ago. In the beginning the hot wax and resin was used to repair and decorate ships. The substrates for the later paintings were placed on braziers and heated metal tools accomplished image manipulations. This technique was later used to create the Fayum mummy portraits.

Works by Ezshwan Winding will be on diplay at Gallery One, Hannah Jarmain Art.

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