Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery Presents: Michael Karl

Michael Karl has lived in the Milwaukee area for most of his life, leaving for a few years to live in Texas. His artistic background started while attending the University of Wisconsin studying photography and painting. He continued further with his education attending Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD).

Travels to Ireland photographing the architectural history of the country, his works have been exhibited in shows and galleries throughout the state. While on a trip to New Orleans he became aware of artists working in encaustic. On his return to Wisconsin his research found a small group of artists working in this medium. Studying with these artists, he found a love of working in wax which has been his main artistic focus for a number of years.

His works are held in private collections as well as being shown in exhibits and gallery shows.

He is a member of the International Encaustic Artists Association and Wiswax, a Wisconsin based encaustic artists group. Michael is involved in multiple conferences and classes working with artists who have pioneered the encaustic process both national and internationally.

Here’s what he has to say about this show:

“Encaustic” comes from a Greek word meaning “to burn in”. Encaustic painting was first used by Greek artists as far back as the 5th century B.C.

These paintings represent several series:

Moving Forward utilizes bold color and line to express the many journeys we take in our lifetime. Documenting the changing paths we may encounter, times of confusion, being stuck or held in limbo until we are ready to break thru and move forward.

Pathways In comes from a place of lines and movement. Mapping directions our brain takes on through our life and how it stays within our mind.

My hope is this body of work stimulates thought and question stemming from your own place and time.

Preparation is key when creating with encaustic. My process begins with making the encaustic medium, melting large quantities of clear beeswax and resin (which is extracted from trees) creates my supply of medium. Adding pigments to smaller quantities of melted wax, my “paints” are kept liquid on a heated palette. I begin a painting by writing a question or message on my working surface that I will be painting on. Fusing layers of wax to my surface, I then incorporate graphite, inks and various methods of inscribing and scrapping to create a translucent, organic quality that gives depth and texture to the painting. Allowing time for the painting to cure, I then buff them. This removes cloudiness or “bloom” from the wax and enhances the color and shine to the finished painting.

A studio filled with the aroma of beeswax and resin, creates a meditative place for thought, process and creation!

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