Encaustic Art - A wax painting technique

Encaustic painting: warm liquid wax kaleidoscopically flowing, weave brilliantly colored forms, structures and textures - out of which an artistic creation can emerge. This selection of pictures exemplifies the diversity of possibilities within the technique.

Encaustic painting dates back to antiquity. Characteristic of this art form is the melting and fusing of a picture's components into a solid, colorful, durable wax surface. Many examples of this magnificent early art form, particularly those from the Greek and Roman eras, have survived. Their vibrant colors, unchanged to this day, can be seen in the British Museum in London among other collections.


Limited technology for keeping the wax in a fluid state was probably one main reason for the disappearance of this art form in the eighteenth century. Modern technology has now provided an unlimited assortment of simple tools with which to create encaustic paintings. Other utensils for the creation of larger surface or minute details are only as limited as your imagination.


Laara B. Rhine was a renowned painter in the Netherlands. Bringing new life to this art form had stimulated her exploration of this medium for almost forty years. Her watercolours and encaustic paintings were on regular exhibition. Some of her well attended workshops explored the technique and potential of encaustic art while others focussed on various other watercolor and general painting techniques.