September 22, 2023


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Oil and Chilly Wax Work by Leonie E Brown I Artsy Shark

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South African artist Leonie Brown creates complicated dreamlike work containing hidden messages. Go to her website to view extra of her fascinating portfolio.


oil and cold wax figurative painting by Leonie E Brown

“I Will Watch Over You” oil and chilly wax on canvas, 150cm x 120cm


I’ve spent the previous few years exploring the human situation and its relationship to the divine. My work are messages of hope and life, fastidiously deliberate, thought out and executed. Each portray has a narrative and is designed to evoke an emotional response from the viewer—whether or not it’s heart-wrenching or inspirational.


abstract encaustic painting by Leonie E Brown

“When the Sky Burns With Your Love” encaustic on picket panel, 80cm x 120cm


Encaustic artwork has a tender, smokey and sensual really feel about it. It’s a spontaneous medium the place scorching or chilly wax is used, and to which colored pigments have been added. The liquid/paste is then utilized to a floor. The assorted layers are melted and burned into one another, which provides the completed work a three-dimensional high quality.


oil and cold wax painting by Leonie E Brown

“The Secret Place” oil and chilly wax on canvas, 180cm x 120cm


The wax layers get an increasing number of translucent by means of the heat emanating from the exploring human hand. The viewers develop into part of the gradual change and readability of the portray…as if the message is rising from the depth of the hidden soul to the floor of the thoughts. There’s a unusual ethereal magnificence in these work, as in the event that they have been produced from air.


a variety of encaustics found in artist Leonie E Brown's studio

A wide range of encaustics present in artist Leonie E Brown’s studio


The artistic course of for my figurative work usually comes within the type of an prompt visualization or a sentence that I can’t shake off. This primary concept then dictates how I work on every portray, be it a sketch or photoshop edit. On common, every portray takes between 50 to 100 hours.


figurative oil and cold wax painting by Leonie E Brown

“Lined By Your Love” chilly wax and oil on canvas, 150cm x 120cm


I work with oil and chilly wax due to the luminosity of the medium. Every portray is predicated on an allegorical message, there for the viewer to discern and discover. Naming the portray is essential because the title is a sign of the hidden message.


abstract oil and cold wax painting by Leonie E Brown

“You Fill Up The Sky With Infinite Grace” oil and chilly wax on canvas, 180cm x 120cm


My work usually touches on private experiences, ideas and feelings. It expresses these common moments wherein all of us really feel alone or disconnected from ourselves or others. By means of my explorations, I hope to supply others with a glimpse into their very own lives and minds, in addition to assist them perceive their place on this complicated world.


abstract encaustic landscape by Leonie E Brown

“Be Nonetheless and Wait By means of The Storm” encaustic on wooden panel, 150cm x 120cm


I grew up as an orphan in a household of orphans. From a really younger age, I used to be uncovered to sexual abuse, emotional abandonment and alcoholism.


abstract encaustic landscape by Leonie E Brown

“You Open Heaven” encaustic on picket panel, 120cm x 80cm


Like each different artist, I initially threw my anger and hopelessness onto the canvas. While affected by PTSD and anorexia, I managed to complete my diploma in Effective Arts and received a number of nationwide awards on the identical time. I lived in fixed melancholy, preventing for each second of my life.


Artist Leonie E Brown

Artist Leonie E Brown


My looking for for purpose and understanding drove me to very completely different beliefs and religions. I discovered my therapeutic in God. This led me to my artist assertion. I imagine the function of the artist is to search out the deepest emotions of human nature and expose them to the great or the dangerous. I select to comply with hope and life.


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