Wath is Encaustic...
The word encaustic originates from the Greek word enkaustikos which means to burn in, and this element of heat is necessary for a painting to be called encaustic.
Encaustic painting, also know as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added.
Preferably I paint with Kussmaul colors that are hand-poured with special positive astrological aspects, that ancient knowledge in alchemy.
These colors have their own own explanatory power, a high-quality energy sources, quite apart from their specific intensity in color and brightness.
Already 3000 years of B.C. this technology was known to the Egyptians (Fayum mummy portraits) and reached its climax in the Roman-Greek antiquity.
Nevertheless, in the late antiquity it was removed from other painting and fell intooblivion something.
Only the rekindled interest of early modern history at ancient art and cultures aroused again the attention of artists and researchers for this technique.
Excellent reports are Egyptian mummy portraits (British Museum in London or the National Museum in Kairo) as well as mural paintings in Pompeii and in the New Pinothek in Munich.
Even at the Trajan's column in Rome traces were discovered by Encaustic.
The idea of the artists was, to brand in own materialised thoughts with fire, imperishable on the painting surface.
The technique has a much longer tradition than the oil painting. It was totally fascinated by the durability of the encaustic paintings.
After the rediscovery of Encaustic from 17 Jdh. , a lot of artists have dealt with this fascinating technology.