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CSA NOVEMBER 2019 EVENT: Encaustic Painting: History and Contemporary Perspectives with Randal Arvilla at the Workshop Art Centre (WAC) in Willoughby,

Sunday November 3rd, 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm.


Costa Rican Australian artist Randal Arvilla has agreed to present a talk for us on the history and contemporary use of the ancient painting technique known as encaustic. We are very grateful to the Workshop Art Centre at Willoughby where Randal conducts classes for generously allowing us to use their premises for this event. Randal is a wonderfully warm and enthusiastic speaker.

Encaustic painting is an ancient technique in which heated beeswax is combined with a natural binder and ground pigments to create a glossy and translucent liquid palette capable of luminous and almost sculptural effects. Costa Rican Australian painter Randal Arvilla will discuss the history of encaustic painting beginning with ancient Greco-Roman encaustic portrait paintings on sarcophagi in Egypt and Tunisia, through to contemporary international artists who use the technique, as well as recent developments in pigments and technology created for encaustic painting. Randal will then show and discuss images of his own work in which encaustic is combined with diverse media including oils, oil sticks, graphite and collage. Each work is built-up mark upon mark, layer upon layer, in a process of addition and subtraction, creating visual depth and physical texture. Arvilla’s bold use of colour and decisive mark-making lends his artworks an expressive and atmospheric intensity, while nuanced themes of cultural identity, memory, loss and place thread throughout his work.

Randal Arvilla is a leading proponent of encaustic technique in Australia. He studied painting at the National Art School in Sydney and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of San Francisco. Randal has held three solo exhibitions in Sydney: Point of Departure at Xavier Art Space (2012), Encáustica Contemporánea at Gauge Gallery (2016) and Terra habitatur at ARO Gallery (2018) and has also exhibited in numerous major art prizes and curated group shows. Randal teaches encaustic painting workshops in Costa Rica and at the Willoughby WAC in Sydney.



Sunday November 3rd, arrive at 3.00 pm to meet our speaker, followed by the presentation at 3.30 pm.


The Workshop Arts Centre (WAC), 33 Laurel Street, Willoughby. Inquiries phone 0416 737 559.


Tickets: $20 non-members, $10 Colour Society of Australia members; $10 students.

Willoughby WAC staff and students free (but please book!).

Pre-booking essential for members and non-members 

Please book by Friday November 1st.