I am a mainly self-taught visual artist born and living in Switzerland. On a quest for a contemporary interpretation of the antique painting techniques of Encaustic and Fresco, my practice is a continual inquiry of an abstract vocabulary through exploring natural materials like beeswax, natural resins, marble dust, lime putty, sands, and pigments. I try to avoid synthetic materials where ever possible.

My approach to each painting is very intuitive and process-oriented. It’s all about finding rather than searching,  living in the very moment, being curious, taking risks, dealing with the consequences of decisions, and finding a way to a balanced composition of each artwork.

I am a member of frontofbicycle since 2017 and have exhibited at several of their Group Exhibitions in Basel, Switzerland. My works were also shown at the ARTE Binningen, the Trevisan International Art Gallery in Bologna, Italy, and I was invited to participate at the Juried Show of the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown in the USA in 2017.

In 2018 I was one of the founding member of the European Encaustic Artists Group, am a member of the International Encaustic Association, and one of two listed R&F Encaustic Teachers in Switzerland.

From 2017 to 2019, I supported frontofbicycle Gallery in my role as Exhibition Coordinator.  Collectors appreciate my works in Switzerland, the US, and Singapore.

Education

Fabrik am See, Akademie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Germany, Gabriele Musebrink, “TAO”, Juni 2020

Truro Center of the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, USA, Lia Rothstein „Encaustic & Cold Wax, a Sensational Synergy“, May 2019

Zijedlings, Tilburg, NL, Dietlind Van der Schaaf „Transparencies, Layers and See Throughs“, Encaustic Workship, April 2019

Fabrik am See, Akademie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Germany, Gabriele Musebrink, “Licht in Grau-Weiss-Modulationen”, November 2018

Truro Center of the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, USA, Jodi Reeb „Alternative Surfaces“,  June 2018

Truro Center of the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, USA, Susan Lasch Krevitt „Cyanotypes“,  June 2018

Alicia Tormey, „Learn to Burn“, February 2018

Geistreich, Dortmund, Gabriele Musebrink, „Master Class Steinzeichen“, March 2017

Fabrik am See, Akademie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Germany, Gabriele Musebrink, “Stille und Kraft”, October 2016

Fabrik am See, Akademie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Germany, Gabriele Musebrink, Masterclass “Der Zenstrick in Aufgebrochenes”, August 2015

Malreise „Le Grand Bleu“ mit Ines Hildur in St. Paul de Vence, Frankreich, April 2014

Fabrik am See, Akademie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Germany, Gabriele Musebrink “Die haptische Herausforderung mit dem Extremen”, March 2014

Fabrik am See, Akademie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Germany, Gabriele Musebrink “Dem Unvorhersehbaren auf der Spur”, April 2013

Kunstfabrik Wien, Austria, Gabriele Musebrink “Dem Unvorhersehbaren auf der Spur”, February 2013

Grant

International Encaustic Conference 2020 (conference canceled), Scholarship

International Encaustic Conference 2019, Scholarship awarded by the International Encaustic Association, Provincetown, MA

Collaborations & Memberships

Since 2020 Member of the R&F’s official Teaching Artists List

Since 2018 Member of the IEA – International Encaustic Association

Exhibition Coordinator frontofbicycle (3 years, 2017 – 2019)

Representation

Since the beginning of 2017  represented by frontofbicycle.

fob is an art agency connecting foreign and local artists and communities in Basel regularly organizing multi-artist exhibitions.

Contact

Bettina Egli Sennhauser

kunstfreiraum

Hohestrasse 134

4104 Oberwil

bettina@kunstfreiraum.ch

+41 79 622 38 81