Encaustic painting (aka hot wax painting) involves heating beeswax, adding coloured pigments and then manipulating with heated, metal tools. The technique was first used In Egypt around 100-300AD and in the 6th to 8th centuries in icons in the Sinai. Here is an icon from St. Catherine’s Monastery , Mount Sinai.
In the 20th century the technique was used by Pablo Rivera and Jasper Johns amongst others. It has gradually become more popular and there is a lot about it on line including many videos on You Tube showing how to use it. I even discovered that the 7th international Encaustic Conference recently took place in Cape Cod In the US.
This encaustic painting was found in a local charity shop and cost me £2.95.
There are 2 stickers on the back: one explaining the technique and the other giving the artist’s name as Bob Lawrence together with the website address http://www.artwithwax.com. However this site just forwards you to other waxing sites (leg waxing, car waxing, etc.) and says at the bottom that the domain name is for sale!
I have not been able to find out anything about Bob Lawrence but I do rather like this work of art – I find it quite atmospheric. It is well framed too and a snip at £2.95.
But as to my original question, you tell me!