Encaustic, a wax-based painting medium characterized by luminous color and a lush surace, flourished more than 2,000 years ago in Greco-Roman Egypt. Today, encaustic painting is experiencing an unprecedented revival. And The Art of Encaustic Painting, the only comprehensive book on this beautiful but challenging medium, tells you everything you need to know on the subject.
Inside, you'll find:
- More than 100 full-color photographs of works by artists who paint in encaustic, illuminating the vast range of images and aesthetics being produced through this medium.
- In-depth information on choosing the tools and materials you need and using them safely, setting up your work area, making your own paints, preparing the surface of your paintings, and applying and controlling the medium to create various effects.
- Conversations with more than 50 contemporary encaustic painters-including Jasper Johns-describing their techniques and creative processes
- Advice from museum professionals, gallery owners, paintmakers, and other industy experts on matters ranging from using encaustic materials to properly perparing and protecting finished works.
- An overview of the history of encaustic.
- A source list of suppliers.