Wishing everyone a happy and safe New Year’s Eve! We’re looking forward to presenting some of the best Canadian art in the new year, and to helping find the perfect artwork just for you!
Today we’re featuring artwork by our newest artist – Roman Zuzuk! His sophisticated painting technique and his work in primitive abstraction was developed only through rigorous classical schooling. He graduated from the prestigious Kiev Academy of Fine Arts. His art is truly an amalgamation of everyday and the extraordinary which straddle the worlds of rural and urban, a sentimental past and hopeful future. But it is in his eclectic foray into the tension of accepting reality over the magnetic force of fantasy, and all that world has to offer, that Zuzuk’s work inspires man to dream.
We have some wonderful new floral works by Emilija Pasagic today! Her use of mixed media and rich, earthy tones gives her paintings a wonderfully calming feel. Get in the mood for a relaxing day with these stunning florals.
Flowers are starting to bloom everywhere, including right here at Crescent Hill Gallery! We have some lovely new paintings by Emilja Pasagic in the gallery today, so be sure to come by and check them out!
Depending on her mood and what is available in her studio Emilija can incorporate as many as a half dozen elements into each painting. Her technique involves a unique blending of bee’s wax and oil paint applied to paper, board or canvas. In this contemporary application of the ancient technique of encaustic, the paint is sometimes blended into the hot wax, burnt into it or simply painted upon it. She often fuses paper and cloth into the pigments to create textures, and uses gold leaf and various gel mediums to add unique antique effects. The paintings take on depth and mystery with a balanced tension between texture and form.
Welcome to our second edition of “Encountering Art”!
We’ll be bringing you news and information about the various techniques our artists use to create their work, as well other fun and interesting facts about the art world. This week, we’ll take a look at Encaustic painting – a technique that a number of Crescent Hill Gallery artists use in their work:
The term “Encaustic” is derived from the Greek word enkaien, which means “to burn into”.
Also known as “hot wax painting”, encaustic painting involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface such as prepared wood, canvas, or other materials. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax, but there are several other recipes that can be used — some containing other types of waxes, damar resin, linseed oil, or other ingredients. Pure, powdered pigments can be used, though some mixtures use oil paints or other forms of pigment.
This procedure of applying molten, coloured wax to various surfaces was already used by the old Egyptians more than 3000 years ago. The technique was actually lost for hundreds of years following, only to be rediscovered in the 18th century. Nowadays the specially developed encaustic wax is applied to surfaces like paper, wood, glass etc. with a painting iron (not unlike your travel iron!) or the Encaustic Pen. You can use hotplates, heat-resistant sponges, palette knives etc. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!
These metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface, allowing artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. Other materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to adhere it to the surface.
Encaustic paintings seem to light up from within – the colours are exceptionally bright because the light does not get reflected from the surface of the painting, but penetrates the different wax layers. Such artwork is best viewed in person, to appreciate the full effect.
Take a look at these great examples of modern Encaustic artwork by our artists at Crescent Hill!
We now have a fresh new series of paintings by Emilija Pasagic! The colours and motion in these pieces is fantastic. Definitely a must-see in person!
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We’ve just received some beautiful new paintings by Annette Kraft van Ermel! The combination of techniques she uses to create her work brings out the delicate nature of her subject matter perfectly. They are definitely worth seeing in person!
We have some lovely new artwork by Annette Kraft van Ermel – her subtle use of wax ties in thematically with her delicate subject matter. The paintings are a quiet celebration of beauty in the small details of life – the familiar and the commonly unnoticed. Emerging through layers of oil, wax and charcoal, subjects are obscured yet still hold structure resulting in a very compelling dynamic tension. Annette’s mission is to hold onto small moments of grace against the erosive passage of time.
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