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Karl Kaiser (MAP #100)

Stratum 116
8″ x 8″

Stratum 100
12″ x 18″

Stratum 117
10″ x 10″

My artistic interests began in photography and then migrated to acrylic painting in an effort to explore a deeper connection to what I was finding through the lens. I was exposed to Encaustic in 2005 and now consider it my primary medium because of the unique depth and texture it brings to my subjects. I manipulate the wax through scraping, using impressions and smoothing techniques to evoke the complicated but perfect natural world around me. My signature technique is carving into deep multi-colored layers bringing a richness and complexity to the work.

For the last few years I have been developing a technique that creates an illusion of depth with the wax. It transforms the artwork into a three-dimensional space. This technique consists of layers of color applied one on top of another and then scraping back the sides to reveal lines of color. Typically this means 50 to 100 layers of color. This piece is then embedded on its side into a wax platform of any number of color themes, overlaid with clear wax and then heated with a torch to bring out specific qualities that sometimes take shape as clouds, waves, trees or other nature inspired concepts. I try to capture the play of light and motion I see while I work with the wax. I do not fight against the hot wax; I let it find its own path. My intent is to create landscapes with differing vitalities, vibrancies and mood. My goal for the viewer is to evoke a time in place that is familiar but not easily identified or a memory that sits just outside of the periphery. To transport the viewer away from the distracted present and draw their focus inward to a place of peace and reflection.

I am currently represented by Attic Gallery in Portland, Oregon and RiverSea Gallery in Astoria, Oregon. My work is also in private collections in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Florida and Germany.


Media: encaustic