Encaustic painting is an ancient process developed by the Greeks. The word encaustic is Greek and it means "to burn" or "burn in."
In its simplest form, encaustic involves melting wax with a resin to create encaustic medium. Pigment is then added to create encaustic paint. The paint or medium is brushed on when it's hot and each layer is fused to the surface with a heat gun, torch, or iron.
The wax can be built up, scraped into, and objects can be embedded into the surface.
Cold Wax is soft paste formulated to knife consistency. We use Gamblin's Cold Wax Medium made from naturally white unbleached beeswax, alkyd resin, and odorless mineral spirits. It is used to make oil colors thicker and more matte. The surface is lusturous and great for working back into with various tools, mark making supplies and layering.
Leibowitz produces objects, installations and paintings in a reconstructed landscape where forms collide and conjoin in myriad nuance and potential. She utilizes a variety of materials including Tyvek, Plaster, Vinyl, plastics, foam, wax, pigments, ink, found object, photography, paper and more.
Her solo exhibitions include The Neon Heater in Findlay, OH., No.4 Studio in Brooklyn, NY, Liliana Bloch Gallery in Dallas, TX, Art Cube Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA, The Museum of Art, Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX, Cohn Drennan Contemporary in Dallas, TX. and upcoming: M. David & Co., Brooklyn, NY.
Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including those in Italy, Israel, Brooklyn, New York, Baltimore, Maryland, Dallas, Texas and Art Basel Satellite Art Fair, Miami, Florida.
In 2019 Leibowitz’s work was featured in New American Paintings.
Leibowitz has participated in residencies with Judy Pfaff and Michael David culminating in group exhibitions in Brooklyn, NY at M. David & Co.
Reviews and interviews of her work have been featured in Art Uncovered, ATOA, Art Spiel, The Houston Review, Vassari21, Maake Magazine, Pleat, Studio Critical, Curating Contemporary, Mixed Media Tapes, Luxe Magazine, Modern Dallas, Dallas Morning News, Art Funk and Papercity.
Originally from Philadelphia, Leibowitz lives in Dallas, TX. where she maintains her studio practice.
With a background in graphic design, Leigh Harrison transitioned to fine art when she began painting with oil almost ten years ago. Painting what she envisioned to be an atmosphere unseen by the human eye, she has successfully shown her work at several local venues. For the past several years, Leigh has transitioned to create more abstract, collage-oriented artwork, in acrylic or encaustic, using textiles, found items and various soft papers.Leigh is fascinated by the art process and loves the use of color, line and texture to create artwork that is exploratory in combining a variety of complimentary materials.Leigh was born in San Antonio, but has lived in north Dallas since she was nine. In her new career as a certified (PreK-12) art teacher for Duncanville ISD, Leigh works with 5th and 6th grade students. She has also taught private art lessons to home-schooled high school students. Leigh earned an associates degree in Applied Arts from the Art Institute of Dallas and a bachelor degree in Liberal Arts from Midwestern State.
Born in Houston, Deanna Wood spent most of her childhood moving around the country with her family, returning to Texas in high school. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in graphic design, both from Texas Woman's University. She worked as a graphic designer in a corporate environment for 14 years. After leaving the corporate world, she decided to pursue a career in fine art, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Texas Woman's University in December of 2004.She's been working with encaustic since 2004. Her solo exhibition, Seeking Shelter, has been exhibited in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Reno, Nevada; Manhattan, Kansas; Lamoni, Iowa; and Douglasville, Georgia. Deanna's website
In 2011 the La Vendéenne [la vahn day en] Awards were created in honour of the fourth century AD female encaustic artist, Laia, whose remains were found, along with the tools of her art, in La Vendée [la vahn day] region of France. The Awards are intended to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement and practice of encaustic art.
The Encasutic Center featured in the International Encaustic Artists' magazine; Wax Fusion; The Encaustic Center celebrates 10 years!
Click on the magazine link to see some of the amazing artists who have come to give workshops along with links to their sites and images from the workshops they’ve given here at The Encaustic Center (pages 34 to 43).
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