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  • Contemporary encaustic painting by Donna Goold entitled Viridian. Striking painting in wax, 19cm x 34cm, wax on gesso panel
  • Close-up detailed image of contemporary encaustic painting by Donna Goold entitled Viridian. Striking painting in wax, 19cm x 34cm, wax on gesso panel
  • Contemporary encaustic painting by Donna Goold entitled Viridian. Striking painting in wax, 19cm x 34cm, wax on gesso panel, framed and photographed from right-hand side
  • Contemporary encaustic painting by Donna Goold entitled Viridian. Striking painting in wax, 19cm x 34cm, wax on gesso panel, framed in black rectangular frame

Viridian

£425.00

Contemporary molten wax painting, known as encaustic art or modern encaustic painting, originated in Greece over 2000 years ago. It is a very stable and long-lasting medium; examples from A.D 100 can be seen in The British Museum, where the colours still glow vibrantly today.

by: Donna Goold
size: 19cm x 34cm in a black satin box frame
type: Wax on gesso panel

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This contemporary wax art painting by Dorset artist Donna Goold depicts a lone tree against a white and blue sky as part of the Woodland in Wax series.

Due to the complexity of the process, the scale of the Woodlands in Wax series is limited. Indeed, the largest piece measures just 34cm x 34cm. To retain this intimacy, they have been finished in a deep black box frame.

Wax Art Painting Method

The contemporary modern encaustic painting process involves melting beeswax, damar resin and pigment to a temperature of 72°C, before applying it to a prepared surface. Each application of molten wax must be fused to ensure adhesion to the layers below.

Donna Goold has adapted this ancient technique to her own unique way of working. In this woodland scenes, she risks losing the entire image by re-heating it after all the work is complete so that the wax art painting completely liquifies into one image. Once cured, she has meticulously polished the surface to enhance the colours and reveal their radiance in this wax art piece.

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