ABOUT THE ARTIST

 

Tamara Lepianka is an American artist from central Kentucky, USA.

 

Her current body of work centers on the fluidity and unpredictability of encaustic medium to create abstract pieces that are reminscent of aerial landscapes and the striations of geographical formations. Mixed media elements are incorporated into the paintings to capture the interaction between the materials and create contradictions in form and movement. The works suggest a quiet stillness while engaging the viewer in the complexity of the natural world.

 

Drawn to tactile surfaces, natural materials, and the exploration of artistic techniques the artist has had an active art practice for over 40 years. Prior to moving to encaustic painting she spent fifteen years working with natural fibers and textiles. Using raw wool, flax, and hemp fibers she developed experimental yarns and created abstract textile works using a Japanese loom while shepherding a flock of rare breed wool sheep on her 22 acre farm.

 

Her studio is a 500 sq ft converted stable located on her property in the middle of ‘horse country’ in the rolling hills of the Kentucky bluegrass. She is a member of her local regional art council, an avid collector of Japanese pottery and cookware, mother to a Doctor of English Literature and an Aerospace Engineer, and spends most days chasing her two insolent bullmastiffs out of her roses.

 

Her works can be found in private collections across the United States, Europe, and Australia. Previous representation by Gallery Vibe in Naples, Florida until its closure in 2020.