MAY 31 – JUNE 6, 2019


Invitational Group Exhibition of work by six Encaustic Artists: Deborah Peeples, Martha Chason-Sokol, Lisa Pressman, Julie Snidle, Jeff Hirst and Mitchell Visoky. Presented in conjunction with the International Encaustic Conference.


Kobalt Gallery is pleased to host a special exhibition in conjunction with the 13th Annual International Encaustic Conference. “Inside the Rectangle” presents six painters whose chosen medium is beeswax. They are first and foremost painters, addressing the formal concerns of pictorial space, the rectangle, through line, color, spacial relationships, edge, volume, surface, and dimensional reality. Encaustic serves their vision in its malleability and immediacy. Layers can be added as swiftly as a thought, then scraped back to reveal prior gestures; light bounces through layers to create rich optical effects. These artists mold encaustic to their language, resulting in works with muted or saturated color, juicy or smooth surfaces, rectangular or shaped panels, and images that reference the natural, internal, and built world.

Lisa Pressman’s work embodies a visual synthesis of stored memory. Each painting, with its complex layered surface, elicits a visceral response, shaping its own new history.

Julie Snidle’s layered paintings address her internal world. Contemplation, calculation, and exploration are recurring themes in her paintings.

Jeff Hirst pushes the shape of the rectangle. His work investigates relations between man-made architectural structure and the natural landscape.

Mitchell Visoky’s use of color and shape reflects his concern with various states of nature. His work evolves through layering and the transparent qualities of the paint.

Deborah Peeples’ work is both method and metaphor for her internal world. Her lush saturated surfaces and layered depths reflect orchestrated restraint.

Martha Chason-Sokol’s work addresses the intersection between drawing and painting. Her paintings are personal journeys – sometimes lyrical and sometimes intense, but always concerned with the expressive quality of the paint.