Art at the Duchess with Lyn Kirkland – 30 October to 30 November
Exploring the exciting properties of encaustic beeswax has been my passion for several years. First used by Ancient Egyptians as a painting medium, it saw a resurgence last century and has continued to flourish. Still relatively unknown in Europe, but once discovered, never forgotten. When I first took up my brush and dipped it into molten wax and pigment I knew I was hooked!
My work is very much process driven. I am intent on pushing the medium as much as I can to develop texture, create a narrative with collaged items, and explore the translucence of this ancient medium. I move between abstraction and realism, taking my lead from the organic nature of the wax. The way it describes movement, colour and marks both within and on the surface is so exciting. I have been teaching and promoting encaustic wax for over ten years, working from my studio space at St George’s Studios on Portland, Dorset. I am a member of the International Encaustic Artists (IEA) group and very recently attended an encaustic painting retreat in Ireland, with other IEA members. Meeting my ‘tribe’ of like-minded artists has refreshed my soul and inspired my art.