Artist Birgit Huttemann-Holz
Birgit Huttemann-Holz, (1956, Karlsruhe, Germany) has developed an expertise in the venerable technique of encaustic (wax) painting.In April 2015 Huttemann-Holz published her book (Fundamentals in Encaustic Painting). In her own words: “Wax and powdered dry pigments have been the consistent medium in my paintings.I use fire and razorblades to attack and challenge my paintings. I leap and fail, but where creativity and failure dance, I approach the truth.When I succeed I transcend tragedy and see the genesis of beauty and the ephemeral. In our fast changing world the infinite splendour of the natural process of entropy and decay becomes a metaphor for the continuum:A fallen world, but free to overcome form and purpose. It is just a state of transition, of change, of evolution.The cycle of nature is endless; a work of art is an expressed glimpse of the eternal."
Perhaps the best known of all encaustic work are the Fayum funeral portraits painted in the 1st through 3rd centuries A.D. by Greek painters in Egypt. Encaustic painting was practiced by Greek artists as far back as the 5th century B. C.
Ms. Huttemann-Holz exhibits in the UK, Turkey, Germany, The Netherlands and USA. She was awarded First Place in Abstract Impressionism (2013), NANA 2014, Best of Show, Key West Florida, FL (2014) and won multiple awards nationwide USA. Her work has been show cased for Saatchi collection and she was awarded Finalist of the International Portrait Competition, Society for Art of Imagination, UK (2011), Invitation to the Biennale Florence, Italy ( 2011). Recently she won a residency at the Key West Studios, FL in March 2016.Birgit Huttemann-Holz lives and works in Detroit, USA.