Open house highlighting new encaustic paintings
by Ezshwan Winding and Cynthia Hamilton
Sunday, March 23 1 pm to 5pm
Fray Pedro de Gante 31 & 33, Col. Independencia,
Not only do these 2 artists live in adjoining homes, they are mother and daughter and both create their
uniquely individual art using the ancient technique of encaustic. They use the encaustic medium very
differently, allowing the viewer to experience the alchemy that lends itself to a dynamic relationship
between the artist creator and her medium. This technique of molten bees wax, tree resin and pure pigment has captured their passions for more than 15 years. Though their artistic directions differ, their artistic messages suggests a gentle silence; a silence that is not passive but opens the viewers’ awareness.
Ezshwan’s newest series is figurative: women in a contemplative state. Cynthia’s soft colors and layering take the viewer deep into profound peace. Both artists invite you to visually enter the embrace of the luminous layers of wax.
Cynthia Hamilton studied art in Florence Italy and learned old masters’ techniques of working with wax. She has exhibited her art in San Francisco, Chicago and Mexico. The medium of encaustic allows her to fuse and unify bee culture with personal stories. “ At first what intrigued me the most about the technique was the prolific and balanced creation of beeswax. I wanted to start from there; the bees, the source.” Hamilton's work reveals a narrative into the profound analogy that humans share with bee society. She addresses her medium with respect and as a reminder to our connected livelihood and cultures.
Cynthia lives in San Miguel and San Francisco. Hamilton is very clearly on a path of development of her own personal language and style.
Ezshwan Winding began exhibiting her paintings over forty years ago, starting in U.S. galleries and
continuing with shows in Spain, France and Italy. Ten years ago she moved to San Miguel and has had many successful one person show in Mexican galleries as well as teaching over 86 classes in the encaustic technique, both introductory and advanced, to hundreds of other artists and non-artists in her home studio
Ezshwan’s classical training allows her to move from figurative encaustic to abstract. She said, “I love the physical demands of working with hot wax and resin, and am continually challenged by the expanding possibilities. After careful calculation, I realized I have spent seventeen thousand hours just making encaustic art. By now, I feel I can answer all my students technical questions, and I still want to continue experimenting with this technique”
Ezshwan and Cynthia invite the public to view their home galleries, see a working encaustic studio, and enjoy at least a 20% discount on all art for this day only.