ANNA KOOT encaustic artist
The word encaustic comes from the Greek word 'enkaustikos' meaning to 'burn in'. Almost 3000 years ago, Greek shipbuilders used wax to caulk the joints and waterproof the hulls of their ships making them seaworthy.
These ingenious men began to add pigment for colour and resin (tree sap) for hardness, creating a painting medium with unmatched depth and luminosity. Their ships were painted and transformed into dragons and sea monsters, striking fear into the hearts of their enemies.
Before long, encaustic art could be found everywhere from depicting everyday life on urns, to funerary portraits, to creating a lifelike glow on marble statues.
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