This series is inspired by the compilation of romance stories by Thomas Malory which provide the background for many of the tales of chivalrous knights that we all grew up with.
The work is based on photographs of toy knights with multiple photographic layers added to create a sense of drama and age. The photographs have been mounted on board and have several layers of encaustic medium (beeswax and damar resin) heat fused on top to emulate old oil paintings and provide a rich protective sheen. They are framed with two frames – a black inner frame and a gold outer frame, resulting in the impression of an old oil painting. Each item is unique.
Encaustic work is archival and will last thousands of years. It is resistant to moisture, acid and mould. Simple buffing of the surface during the first year of purchase will keep it luminous for years as the resin hardens.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Lou works with a range of materials to explore storytelling and language. Her pieces reflect strong interests in cinematic representation and classic literature. Much of her work is multi-layered, in meaning and format and she is currently exploring mixed media work to incorporate textiles and recycled materials.
Encaustic Photograph with black inner and gold outer frame.Buy one £145
ABOUT ENCAUSTIC ART
Encaustic literally means to “burn in”, from the Greek word enkaustikos. In encaustic art, each layer must be fused with heat to the layer beneath it. The base medium for encaustic work is made from beeswax mixed with damar resin, which is crystallized sap from fir trees. The damar resin provides hardness while the wax provides luminosity. Coloured pigments can also be added for painting or printing. Clear encaustic medium is used for encaustic photography and mixed media collage and sculpture.
Encaustic paintings can last for thousands of years. Evidence of this can be seen by the Faiyum mummy portraits that are over 2500 years old. Excavation of ancient encaustic painting has shown no cracking, flaking, or fading due to resistance to moisture, acid, and moulds. Encaustic work should be carefully handled to avoid scratching the surface but it should NOT be placed behind a glass frame. It should not be exposed to extremes of temperature. Wax melts at approx 150 degrees F. NEVER leave encaustic work inside a car, outdoors in the sun, or in freezing conditions.
Normal household/gallery conditions are fine. Shortly after an encaustic painting is finished, the surface will appear slightly dull and cloudy. This is the natural process of the wax out-gassing and curing. Allow about 3 months to fully cure. To remove this dullness and give the encaustic surface a beautiful glossy and transparent surface, gently buff the surface with a soft dry clean cloth. If you purchase an encaustic piece and it does get damaged the artist may be able to rescue the work.
Encaustic art is quite popular in the United States, but is rare in the UK at the moment. Each piece is unique and reflects the unpredictable nature of combining wax, heat guns and gas burners. It is an exciting and creative medium to work with. I am currently exploring encaustic paintings, encaustic monotype printing using pigmented wax on a heated glass plate, encaustic photography and encaustic sculpture, particularly with Japanese papers.