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Wax, Oil, Gold Leaf on panel with antique frame
72x60cm

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Mercury

Wax, oil, Gold Leaf on panel
37x27cm

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Gethsemane

Wax, oil, Gold leaf on panel
52x38cm

The Made Without Hands series combines the ritual of icon-making with the drama of encaustic painting. The works show familiar faces from theatre and television in different light; every sitter has contributed a personally written piece to be used in their portrait iconography.

Over seven fine sanded layers of gesso, areas of the panels are prepared with red clay bole before being gold- leafed. Pure pigments are mixed together and heated with wax in copper pans, applied from dark to bright, each stage sealed with the flame of a blow torch.

Once completed, the works are varnished and fitted with an antique wood frame. The layered wax traps the light as the gold-leaf reflects it; the overall effect is of an eerie glow that appears to emanate from the image itself.