ORIGIN, CONTENTS AND PRINCIPLES OF ENCAUSTICS
The encaustics (from Greek ‘encausis’, meaning to heat up, to burn) originates from the Greek antiquity and pyramids in Egypt, dated 2500 years ago. It was painted with hot wax with an admixture of color pigments. The resurrection of the encaustic painting occurred only in the second half of the 19th century, when many special tools for its creation emerged.
At the present time, it is a very popular painting technique.
Antonin SEDLACIK has been pursuing the encaustics since he was 15 years old, the time when he started to study painting techniques (aquarelle, oil painting, tempera, graffito, mosaic, scattered technique, encaustics).
Painting by beeswax, to which pigments of oil colors are added, enables him to reach the form of his artistic representation in something palpable in the shape of a psychological and spiritual display – it is even possible to think that the idea is visually existing and alive. The permanence of this painting technique is intensified by the fact, that the entire intention to reach the maximum expression of a painting is as profound as the technique itself. The velvety smoothness of the surface of a finished piece is, in fact, given by the fire, by which the picture is heated after the painting itself has been finished. Therefore, it is a painting by cold wax with the aid of orange turpentine, which will evaporate during a very short time; at once the oil pigment functions as a hardener.
Colored pastes are made by mixing oil paintings, with the help of special palette knives.
Inspired by life, he has actually put together the two most important elements of his works – technique and topic. An endless ‘marriage’ became a play of light, tone and strong emotional experience of the lengthy process of a painting creation.
His personal motto: ‘The art exists already, I just draw the outline’.