Gruber, Joni

Joni Gruber earned her BFA in Drawing and Painting from The Ohio State University.  Her paintings, prints, mixed media and photographic work have been widely exhibited in solo and group shows across the US, including Global Warming is REAL at the Museum of Encaustic Art in 2017 and B14, the biennial exhibition at the Wiregrass Museum of Art in 2014.  She was featured in Studio Visit, Volume 26, 2014.  Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe, NM and the The Hyde Bridge Gallery, Yeats Memorial Building located in Sligo, Ireland.

As a lifelong environmentalist, landscapes and elements of the natural world are prominent subject matter.   Some of her work focuses upon the ravages that unbridled capitalism, the continued use of fossil fuels, unethical and undemocratic use of technology and greed have waged upon the natural world.    She’s also a big sci-fi fan. 

Joni works in her studio in Tuscaloosa, AL. Her artwork resides in private and public collections around the world.

Medium

An encaustic monotype is a one-of-a-kind, hand-pulled fine art print.  Basically it is a painting transferred to paper. My monotypes are created on a heated aluminum palette then transferred to paper by hand burnishing with a baren.  I also create mixed media pieces using monotype collage and painting.  I print on a variety of papers including handmade, Japanese and archival printmaking papers. When printing on black or colored papers I often use metallic paint to develop a shagreen texture with pronounced dimensionality.  

My paintings are created with encaustic which is both an ancient method and medium consisting of pigment suspended in beeswax.  Encaustic is melted on an aluminum palette at 200 F then quickly applied in its molten state to wood panels using natural bristle brushes.  Each layer is fused with a heat gun or torch.  Through scraping, incising and accretion I am able to reveal multiple layers or raise a thick textured surface. Image transfers of my photographs, mixed media and drawing are also utilized. Generous amounts of iridescent paint provide shimmer while mica and dry earth pigments create more distinct, complex and linear imagery.  

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Brimicombe, Dawn

The Jurassic Coast remade in hot wax, it’s possible that Dawn Brimicombe has hit upon a brilliant combination.  Her methods and materials have an affinity with her subject – cliffs and stones and mud and sand can be shaped oddly and worked upon and so can encaustic was medium (filtered beeswax and damar resin) – which Dawn heats and fuses and scrapes and cuts – and her works also carry the glow of happy memories – like pebbles that stay wet and sparkling in the sun.

Dawn has exhibited widely across the UK over the years including group exhibitions at the OXO Gallery and the Cork Street Gallery in London, she continues to work from her Studio on the East Devon/Dorset borders where she is constantly inspired by the sea, the natural world, organic formations, colour, line & texture.

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Starting up

Hi, I’m Susana F. Blanco, an artist and researcher based in Saudi Arabia.

I am currently researching and writing up my dissertation to get my International PhD in Fine Arts.

The thesis topic is:
“The BEESWAX used as material in Arts and its applications from the 20th century to the present”.

I would like to publish here all the data collected to share, not only with the research collective but with everybody.

I think that beeswax is a wonderful unknown gem that many people do not know yet and I will try to discover it to you here.

I also work at the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (Graphic Design Department) and, when I show this new technique to my students , they love it.

I will write the thesis in Spanish because I am from Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Spain. Anyway, here I will share it in English because it is the most universal language.

Please, do not hesitate to ask, comment and even provide new information because this will be very useful for my work. I would really appreciate this 🙂

I will also share my practical research with my encaustic paintings here:(www.susanafblanco.com)

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Also that it will be useful that you share it with others because this is the main purpose of my work:
sharing valuable information.

Thank you!

Hi, I’m Susana F. Blanco, an artist and researcher.
I am currently collecting data and writing up my dissertation to get my International PhD in Fine Arts.

The main topic of my thesis is as follows:
“The BEESWAX used as material in Arts and its applications from the 20th century to the present”.

I would like to publish here all the data collected to share, not only with the researches collective but with everybody.

I think that beeswax is a wonderful unknown gem that many people do not know yet and I will try to discover it to you here.

I also work at the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (Interior Design Department) and, when I show this new technique to my students , they are fascinated.

I will write the thesis in Spanish because I am from Fine Arts University Complutense of Madrid (UCM), Spain. Anyway, here I will share it in English because it is the most universal language.

Please, do not hesitate to ask, comment and even provide new information because this will be very useful for my work. I would really appreciate this 🙂

I will also share my practical research with my encaustic paintings here:(www.susanafblanco.com)

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Also that it will be useful that you share it with others because this is the main purpose of my work:
sharing valuable information.

Thank you!