Tanya Kirouac was born in Montreal where she studied applied Arts. After working as an Art Director and Graphic Designer for over 20 years she re-introduced herself to her original passion of Fine Arts. Tanya is currently showing and working at a variety of galleries and exhibitions throughout Canada, the USA and Europe. She has received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council.
Her current medium, encaustic painting, was first used in Egypt 2,000 years ago. This process involves the use of heated beeswax/microcrystalline to which colored pigments are added. The molten wax is then applied to absorbent surfaces such as canvas, wood or paper. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. Other materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to adhere it to the surface.
Most days she can be found in her studio in the Toronto’s Distillery District exploring the modern possibilities of this ancient medium.
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