Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century by Anne Lee and E.Ashley Rooney From beehive to hotplate to the artist's hand, encaustic has evolved as a versatile medium applied to almost every artistic style. A long- overdue look at a newly popular art form, this book explores 79 North American artists' feelings about their work in encaustic and how they use it to express their inner worlds and the world around them. Eight chapters organize the artists by geographical region and focus on how the heated beeswax and resin material is used to create seductive, skin-like surfaces and rich, layered membranes. More than 2,000 years old, this cross-disciplinary medium ranges from painting to sculpture, assemblage, collage, and printmaking and encourages risk-taking in a way that other materials do not. Its inherent contradictions--it can be hot or cold, malleable or solid, opaque or translucent, layered or thin, permanent or fragile--make it all the more fascinating. As research director of Vose Galleries, Boston, Anne Lee wrote and designed many exhibition catalogs. E. Ashley Rooney is the author of numerous books on contemporary art. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of high- quality books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers’ passions. From our traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal, and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children. Visit www.schifferbooks.com to explore our backlist of 5,000+ titles. 

 

Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century

by Anne Lee and E.Ashley Rooney

From beehive to hotplate to the artist's hand, encaustic has evolved as a versatile medium applied to almost every artistic style. A long- overdue look at a newly popular art form, this book explores 79 North American artists' feelings about their work in encaustic and how they use it to express their inner worlds and the world around them. Eight chapters organize the artists by geographical region and focus on how the heated beeswax and resin material is used to create seductive, skin-like surfaces and rich, layered membranes. More than 2,000 years old, this cross-disciplinary medium ranges from painting to sculpture, assemblage, collage, and printmaking and encourages risk-taking in a way that other materials do not. Its inherent contradictions--it can be hot or cold, malleable or solid, opaque or translucent, layered or thin, permanent or fragile--make it all the more fascinating.

As research director of Vose Galleries, Boston, Anne Lee wrote and designed many exhibition catalogs. E. Ashley Rooney is the author of numerous books on contemporary art.

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of high- quality books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers’ passions. From our traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal, and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children. Visit www.schifferbooks.com to explore our backlist of 5,000+ titles. 

About Sharon

Artist’s Statement 

Painting for me is a quest for beauty and balance.  Drawing inspiration from nature's forms and patterns, the resultant paintings are abstract, vibrant, and often incorporate the circle which shows up everywhere in nature. I enjoy painting with encaustic with its inherent transparency and immediacy.  It lends itself to layering and reworking as my process embodies constant transformation.  Each  new painting feels like a fresh start and I don't know what will happen; the very act of painting itself uncovers unforeseen surprises and outcomes.

 

Bio

Sharon Ligorner is an abstract artist working in encaustics, oils, and collage.  She graduated with a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 1986, having spent her junior year in Florence, Italy, at Studio Art Centers International.  Following graduation, Sharon did a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and then moved to New York City.  She now lives in western Mass.

Ligorner's most recent solo show was at Oresman Gallery of Smith College in Northampton.  Recent group shows include Encaustic In the 21st Century at the Francesca Anderson Gallery in Lexington, MA, Casheesh and Black and Blue plus Orange at Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA, Red at the Herter Gallery at  U Mass Amherst.  She has participated in over 35 group shows across the US and is one of 79 artists featured in the newly published book Encaustics in the 21st Century.  Her paintings are included in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in DC, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Headquarters in NYC, and the Art Gallery at Western New England University.