From beehive to hotplate to the artist? hand, encaustic has evolved as a versatile medium applied to almost every artistic style. A long-overdue look at a newly popular art form, this bookexplores 79 North American artists?feelings about their work inencaustic and how they use it to express their inner worlds and theworld around them. Eight chapters organize the artists by geographical region and focus on how the heated beeswax and resin material is used to create seductive, skin-like surfaces and rich, layered membranes. More than 2,000 years old, this cross-disciplinary medium ranges from painting to sculpture, assemblage, collage, and printmaking and encourages risk-taking in a way that other materials do not. Its inherent contradictions--it can be hot or cold, malleable or solid, opaque or translucent, layered or thin, permanent or fragile--make it all the more fascinating.
As research director of Vose Galleries, Boston, Anne Lee wrote and designed over 20 exhibition catalogs, curated gallery shows, and researched numerous artist biographies. Her artist friend Jen Goldfinger, featured in this book, first introduced her to encaustic. Since then, Anne has spent hours visiting galleries, museums, and artist studios to learn about this fascinating and versatile medium.

The author of more than 40 books for Schiffer Publishing, E. Ashley Rooney specializes in contemporary art and architecture. On a recent trip, she visited an encaustic artist in her studio and fell in love with the richly luminescent quality of this increasingly popular art form.

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