Artist Yulia Mamontova and Encaustic Gallery from June 1 to October 1, 2020 opened the First International online exhibition-competition #EncausticNow, which was dedicated to encaustic art.
Encaustic is a painting technique in which wax is the binder of paints. It is believed to have originated in Egypt, where in the 19th century murals dating back to the 3rd century BC were found. The secrets of technology were lost over time, there were many attempts to restore them. In Russia, encaustics were in demand in 1930-1985. A huge contribution to its revival was made by the Soviet artist Vasily Khvostenko with his daughter Tatyana. They discovered the secrets of ancient encaustic paints and technologies, shared the recipes.
The format of the free online exhibition-contest allowed all 2D and 3D artists to participate, regardless of their experience, education in art, or place of residence.
The exhibition featured works by 94 contemporary artists from Russia, Austria, Germany, Ukraine, France, Mexico, Poland, USA, Hungary, Spain, Ireland, Canada, Japan, Great Britain, Honduras, and Belarus. The exhibition included 356 works: abstract and realistic painting, icons, sculptures, panels, installations, collages, created in techniques using wax (encaustic, hot wax paint, cold wax, mixed media).