“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is allYe know on earth, and all ye need to know.”– John Keats
How true I found this to be when in January I had the opportunity to teach a 4 day encaustic painting course at Corban Estate Summer School in Auckland.
Imagine my delight when I discovered not one but two encaustic exhibitions in the gallery there !
Peter Gibson-Smith is known for working with unorthodox materials and for his masterly use of the ‘permanent and ancient’ medium of encaustic wax to create seductive satin surfaces.
The works in this series are quite remarkably pencil on paper drawings.
Almost origami-like, the paper takes the form of a vessel, each one derived from various classical Greek forms of Amphorae, painstakingly and lovingly pencil drawn with surface texture and each one seemingly embedded in the wall.
I found his work to be awe-inspiring and no amount of analysis on my part could inform me entirely of his process – pure magick!
Tiffany Singh – another of my favourite NZ artists was also exhibiting her works in encaustic in her ‘Enshrine’ exhibition. The exhibition features Inter-secular deities and spiritual symbols fused together in bees wax in the Samsara temple series (2013-2015), a suite of domestic shrine stands.
All very serendipitous and adding yet another layer to the experience!