Artist Bio - Marijke Gilchrist

From the Ancient Greek “enkaustikos” (meaning “to burn in”), encaustic painting is the process of fusing layers of beeswax mixed with resin and pigment to create works with a deep finish, and luminous, ethereal qualities. 

Marijke was introduced to encaustic in January 2013 and has attended workshops in Canberra, Sydney, Kiama and Costa Rica.  Through extensive experimentation in her studio she has made the medium her own which has led to five encaustic exhibitions. 

Encaustic is the oldest known pigment binder, with its colour remaining intact after centuries.  The end product has a soft (yet durable) finish.  Impervious to moisture, the wax prevents cracking or fading. 

Working in encaustic is a sensory experience: smelling the beeswax; feeling of the intense heat used to fuse the layers; watching works unfolding from a liquid to solid state.  Texture can be explored through gouging, scraping and smoothing each layer; tools include chains, dentistry equipment and linocut blades. Other materials can be incorporated, such hand‑dyed silk, teabags, rust, transferred images and found objects (including seashells and dried seaweed).

Marijke was born in Holland and migrated with her parents in the early 1950s.  She has been a resident of the Inner North in Canberra for over 50 years.  Marijke has always been interested in painting her environment – locally, across Australia and overseas. 



Yarralumla Gallery Weston Park ACT

Colouristic  (encaustic paintings)

A joint exhibition with Sue Cook


Turntable Gallery, Yack Station, 6 Turntable Lane, Yackandandah Victoria

From the hive swarming to Yackandandah (encaustic paintings)


Box Hill Community Arts Centre, Victoria

Women, Light the Way 

A joint exhibition with Angharad Dean,  Simone Doherty and Lynn Nicholas


 Spiral Gallery Bega NSW

Free thinking 

A joint exhibition with Allan Jones,  Camelia Smith & Isla Patterson


Sydney Royal Botanic

Gardens, Palm House

From the hive swarming to the Palm House (encaustic paintings)


Watson Arts Centre, Canberra

Women, Light the Way (encaustic painting)

A joint exhibition with Angharad Dean, Anita Smith, Ruth Lathlean and Simone Doherty.


Yarralumla Gallery, Canberra

From the Hive (encaustic painting)


Yarralumla Gallery, Canberra

Wax2  (encaustic painting)

A joint exhibition with Sue Cook


Form Studio and Gallery, Queanbeyan

The Luminous Landscape (encaustic painting)


Form Studio and Gallery, Queanbeyan

Marks of Nature (painting, mixed media)


Front Gallery, Lyneham Canberra

Crossing the Convergence – Antarctic Peninsula (painting, mixed media)


Regatta Point Canberra

Sunday in the Park (oil painting)


Canberra Theatre Centre Gallery

Birds, People and Places (oil painting)


Norfolk Island

Oil painting


Canberra Theatre Centre Gallery

Oil painting


Canberra Theatre Centre Gallery

Oil painting

Book Illustration

1990 One Hundred Hints on Designing Home Gardens – Peter Rudge and Tom Cahill

2012  Wahroonga – Brenda Fairbairn


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