Carnegie Visual Arts Center

Landscape Illuminated – Encaustic Art by Maralyn Wilson

By • Feb 27th, 2016 • Category: Past Exhibits



This solo exhibition features over 50 recent paintings by Birmingham, Alabama artist Maralyn Wilson. In the exhibition are new encaustic works created with hot wax mixed with pigments, various types of papers, oil sticks, string and other materials. The Gift Shop at the Carnegie will also have smaller works and batik scarves by Maralyn Wilson available for immediate purchase.

Maralyn Wilson attended the University of Georgia and studied under Lamar Dodd. She continued her studies under Ida Kohlmeyer at Sophie Newcomb College (now Tulane University) where she receive her BA degree in Studio Art. From 1973 until 2010 she owned the Maralyn Wilson Gallery in Birmingham. After 38 years in the gallery business, Maralyn transitioned to full-time artist. Over the years she has honed her skills by participating in workshops including classes at the Penland School, Studio Reparata in Florence, Italy, and R&F Studios in Kingston, New, York where she developed her talent in encaustic work. Maralyn has been featured in a number of solo shows and has been selected for notable juried exhibits including The Red Clay Survey at the Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama, and the group show at the Alabama State Council on the Arts. She currently creates art in her home studio and teaches workshops.

What is Encaustic?

Encaustic, which means “to burn in”, is an ancient art medium. Encaustic wax is a mixture of hot wax and damar crystals. The encaustic process involves painting with hot wax and fusing each layer with a torch or heat gun. The Phonecians coated and decorated their ships with hot wax and the beautiful Fayum portraits found in the Egyptian pyramids are also painted in hot wax.

Artist Statement

“Creating art reminds me of my childhood, when we would make up plays and do circus performances for the neighborhood. I loved sitting outside with my neighborhood buddies at night watching the fireflies and telling the most fabulous and exciting stories. Our imagination had no boundaries. When I become immersed in creating a piece, the excitement of the story unfolding before my eyes reminds me of the magic of those firefly nights.”

“The beauty of the landscape and the sky is spellbinding, continuously evolving and changing. It’s not possible to capture this amazing transition so I try to capture the essence and emotion with wax. The depth and translucence of the wax creates its own mystery.” — Maralyn Wilson

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