Birstein’s wax works on view now in Westport

‘What Lies Beneath — Pool, 2012,’ by Binnie Birstein is one of the encaustic works on display at Amy Simon Fine Art in Westport.

The latest exhibition at Amy Simon Fine Art in Westport is WAX IS HOT!! Selections in Encaustic, on view through Feb. 16. The show features encaustic work by five artists: Binnie Birstein of Weston, Jeri Eisenberg, Lynette Haggard, Lisa Pressman, and Charyl Weissbach.

Encaustic is a wax-based medium characterized by luminous color and a lush surface. It is more than 2,000 years old, but has experienced a tremendous revival among many contemporary artists.

The process itself is not simple. It involves melting wax, adding pigment, painting, and fusing. Painting in encaustic must be done quickly, as the molten wax paint begins to harden the moment it leaves its heat source.

Binnie Birstein’s work is about energy and spatial ambiguity. In many of the works there is a central spiral set against a grid. There are strong physical elements that come from the intensity of layering, cutting in, scraping, and manipulating the images with ink, oilstick, pencil, and graphite.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 to 5:30. For information, call 203-259-1500 or visit amysimonfineart.com.

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