Baron Von Mandelbrot
About My Work.
Most of my art is done in encaustic; an ancient method of painting using wax, damar resin, and pigments. The resulting artwork combines a wide variety of textures which often delivers highly emotive and tactile compositions. The encaustic medium is made by adding bees wax to damar resin.
Besides being prized for incense and its alternative medicinal attributes, the importance of damar resin is twofold. Firstly, it scores exceedingly high on the refractive index – giving colours high intensity, and secondly, it endows the wax medium with a far higher melting point. The two attributes together combine with the wax and pigment which leads to a highly resistant, tactile, and colourful medium. The boiling encaustic medium is then painted directly onto a wooden substrate, while a blow torch is used to bond the different layers of the artwork. The resulting artwork can be carved, buffed, painted, and blended with all sorts of other materials.
Other Art Forms
Naotsugi, a painting technique Inspired by the Japanese artform of kintsugi - that of repairing broken pottery with lacquer and powdered gold. The artform celebrates the imperfections and treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. I have taken that philosophy an applied it making new works of art from the old.
My recent paintings have been created by twisting brushstrokes through thickly applied oil paint on canvas. Inspired by the impressionist school.