American Encaustic Art



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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Charles Willson Peale and His Family of Painters; essay by Louise Lippincott (7/24/08)

Past Things and Present: Jasper Johns since 1983 (3/5/04)

Jasper Johns: Numbers (10/28/03)

Waxing Poetic: Encaustic Art in America during the Twentieth Century, by Gail Stavitsky, Ph.D., Chief Curator (6/21/01)

Stephen R. Simons: Still Lifes (2/12/01)

Encaustic paintings by Philip Hershberger and Gail Gregg (1/15/00)

Waxwork (11/4/99)


TFAO references:

As of 2/18/16 TFAO Digital Library contained 51 pages referencing the word "Encaustic."


From other websites:

Bob Durden:  Earthly Delights is a 2017 exhibit at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art which says: "In this stunning body of work Montana artist Bob Durden expresses a connection to humanity through landscape. He uses encaustic and oil paint to depict scenes in nature that resonate with the human condition."  - To read more after exhibit closes, go to "Past Exhibitions" section of museum website.  Accessed 11/17

Encaustic Art Institute website. Accessed February, 2016

Jennifer Goldfinger: At Play was a 2015 exhibit at the Danforth Museum of Art, which said: "Goldfinger is known for her playful and expressive mixed media encaustic works as well as children's book illustrations that depict everyday experiences with a fresh and inquisitive eye. For the first time, these works will be brought together in the same space, merging two aspects of Goldfinger's artistry and drawing connections between her processes." Accessed 11/16. Also see "Through eyes of a child: Danforth Children's Gallery mixes fine and fun art" By Chris Bergeron in Milford Daily News 4/13/15. Accessed 11/16.

Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence,Transcendence, in Contemporary Encaustic, an exhibit held May 18 - June 23, 2014 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

"Wax as a Medium and a Message," by William Zimmer, 6/6/1999, The New York Times. Accessed February, 2016


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Waxing Poetic: Encaustic Art in America, by Gail Stavitsky, Danielle Rice, Richard Frumess. Published 1999 by Montclair Art Museum. 84 pages.


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