UNION, N.J. - Kean University’s Nancy Dryfoos Gallery presents The Temperature of Light, an exhibition of the wax encaustic paintings by Janise Yntema. An opening reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Nancy Dryfoos Gallery.  Yntema, an American painter working in the ancient wax encaustic technique, explores the nature of light as transmuted through color in her works.  An internationally known artist, Yntema’s art is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, the National Museum for Women in Washington, D.C. and other prominent collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. Curated by Jacquelyn Stonberg, Ph.D., The Temperature of Light is sponsored by Kean University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Kean Foundation. 


“As a painter I am continuing an historical tradition of exploring the boundaries between the natural and the artificial. My work explores the environments between structure and fluidity, light and density. Encaustic is a slow process allowing the paintings to develop an intrinsic history and encompass a period in time,” said Yntema. 


Yntema’s paintings are created from numerous layers of translucent applications of pigmented bees wax that are fused together with a blowtorch to create a smooth and glossy skin-like surface. Effects of diffused light produce an atmosphere which remains minimalist and abstract. 

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“One cannot work in wax encaustic without being very aware of the recent tragic demise of the honeybee and the environmental necessity of bee pollination,” said Yntema. 

The finished works hold translucent color and are luminous in finish. Engaging with contemporary ecological issues, Yntema’s art takes on an elegiac tone. Nature is a presence throughout the works.

The Temperature of Light is on view at Kean University’s Nancy Dryfoos Gallery through Oct. 27.  Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A full color catalog with essays researched and written by Jacquelyn Stonberg in conjunction with her Kean University art history students, made possible by Kean University’s Office of University Relations, accompanies the exhibit.  For more information about The Temperature of Light please visit the University website www.kean.edu/~gallery