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Terry Jarrard-Dimond

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We LOVE the art of Terry Jarrard-Dimond, one of the most recent artists to join our Water Soluble Encaustics bandwagon 🤠. Terry is a US based textile artist with a background in sculpture and textile design. She has taught extensively in colleges, universities and workshops across the US. Her work has a broad range of…

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Beat S.A.D.

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Beat S.A.D. and put some colour into your life with our little pigment bombs! Cuní Water Soluble Encaustic medium holds more pigments than any other medium out there. It doesn’t matter how thin you apply it – the colours stay incredibly vibrant. To help to lift our spirits in this low light season we offer…

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José DeJesús Zamora

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“Torus Mandala” Oil and encaustic medium, on birch wood panel with gold leaf, 2018

We are excited to add the first piece to our 2019 gallery of artworks created with our beautiful Water-soluble Encaustic Paint and sent in by the artists themselves.

This stunning piece was created by José DeJesús Zamora, a prolific artist based in New York, where he teaches at the renowned Parsons School of Design.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he first completed a degree in Biology to discover his true vocation as an artist. But as his family didn’t believe in pursuing a career in the arts as a viable option, they came to the conclusion that architecture was a good compromise, ticking all the boxes.

After studying in Puerto Rico and Italy, he completed his degree in Architecture in 1987. He subsequently moved to New York and started to freelance for several architects and museums. During the recession of the early nineties, when work was lacking, he decided to go back to school. He completed an MFA from The New York Academy of Art with a major in Sculpture in 1995.

Right after he completed his MFA he began to work for Jeff Koons for the collection he called Celebration, which included most of the very famous inflatables. He was in charge of the modelling of one particular sculpture, The Sacred Heart, which has been since reproduced five times and have been sold for around twenty three million dollars per piece.

“Sacred Heart” for Jeff Koons “Celebration” collection. One of Five pieces produced in Stainless steel with red color gel, 12.5 feet tall by 6 feet wide. 2008, At The Roof exhibition, the Metropolitan Museum

Here are a few words from José himself, talking about his work:

My work has evolved over the years. The multidisciplinary experiences I’ve had as a student coming from science, architecture and art has informed and expanded my vision and interests, both as an artist and as an educator. The subjects of study that have remained a constant throughout my practice and teaching are, among other things: Visual Perception and Representation, Retinal Images, Geometry and patterns in Nature and Design, the human body, history and a little bit of Neoplatonic philosophy. I have uncovered very interesting methods of observation by following the footsteps of old masters like Leonardo Da Vinci, who, in my view, exemplifies the ideal of a systemic thinker who uses the tools of observation and representation of a draftsman in order to discover the secrets and the wonders of nature. I believe Leonardo is the model to emulate for a contemporary approach to learning and making connections across subjects and disciplines. It has been through the eyes of Leonardo that I have found a new meaning and reason to practice and teach drawing in the era of digital technology. This journey has moved me to uncover very old methods of observation, as well as a passion for the construction of intricate geometric patterns which emulate the patterns in nature. My own recent work has been heavily influenced by the discovery of these old forgotten practices.

The full testimony fromJosé DeJesús can be found on Parsons website under this link: https://parsons.edu/undergrad/faculty-spotlight-jose-dejesus

Thank you for sharing your work with us, José, we truly LOVE IT.

We wish you all a happy, healthy and creative 2019!

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Medium back in Stock tomorrow!!

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After a bumper sale of Cuní’s medium in the last month, which saw us running out (I know – baaaaad!!!) we are delighted to announce that it will be finally back in stock tomorrow!! This medium binds more pigments than ANY other medium out there. So if you like your colours to pack a punch…

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Susanne Liddle

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Today we are impressed by this beautiful piece by Susanne Liddle. This mixed media artwork is based on the Welsh legend of Blodeuwedd,  also known as ‘the woman made of flowers who is turned into an owl.’ Susie’s testimony tells us how she combined Cuní’s watersoluble encaustics with hot wax encaustics to a stunning effect.…

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Sharon Wilson – an inspiration

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Thanks to one of our clients we have discovered the Bermuda based artist Sharon Wilson. She is an incredibly inspiring artist, depicting family life from a black perspective. Here a little excerpt from her website: To live in a country where black people represented nearly 60% of the population, but were absent from television, film,…

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The Summer is Nigh!!!

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The sun’s finally out, nature’s colours are exploding and we’ve dared to put our winter coat away (we’ve thought that day would never come). We are so delighted with the return of light that we’re giving a smashing 20% discount on all our products. For the whole month of May!! So let’s welcome all your…

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Celebrating the Royal Academy’s Jasper Johns Exhibition

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You still have time to see the fabulous Jasper Johns exhibition in London’s Royal Academy until December 10th. It is definitely worth a visit if you’re in town. A bit of interesting trivia: Jasper Johns has created some brilliant pieces using Cuní’s water soluble encaustic. If you would like to paint with encaustic wax without…

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ESPACIO ORIGINAL PRINT FAIR 2017

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Yesterday we went to the preview of the ESPACIO ORIGINAL PRINT FAIR 2017 at Bethnal Green’s Espacio Gallery. It was a fabulous opening of an impressive exhibition, showing original hand pulled prints by 18 outstanding printmakers. The exposed artists have exhibited widely in London venues including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Affordable Art Fair…

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Modern Encaustic reviews Cuní Paints

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We do always enjoy Madrid based Modern Encaustic’s brilliant blog. This time they’ve written about our watersoluble encaustic, so we thought we’d share this with you: “If you never had the experience of slowly sliding your best brush on a perfectly smooth wax surface, definitely you have to try it. It is an incomparable experience.…

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