The exhibition The Photo Encaustics of Jim Gautier opens at El Zaguán, 545 Canyon Road, Suite 2, on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 5-7pm and continues through April 30, 2018.
The April show at Historic Santa Fe Foundation’s El Zaguàn features the work of Jim Gautier who has mastered the craft of photo encaustics, a process of applying wax to his hand-coated photographic prints.
Jim Gautier has been involved in photography since high school. He moved to Northern New Mexico in 1971 and now lives in Santa Fe. His photography has been featured in many magazine articles and several books. Gautier is very generous with the proceeds of his artwork sales, he donated the retail price to the nonprofit organizations that he supports and their fundraising efforts. This exhibition will feature Gautier’s photo encaustics and all sales will be donated to HSFF. This exhibition of 20 to 25 small and affordable encaustic images photographed, printed and produced by Gautier.
After 50 years of fine art black and white photography, Gautier is taking his images to another artistic level. Starting with one of his original photographs, he hand-colors the piece with PanPastel or other media. He then coats the photo with encaustic (wax) and manipulates the wax to create different, and sometimes unpredictable, effects.