Annette Blady was born in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1980. During the 1980’s, as a partner in an architectural technology company, Blady rose to international prominence as an interior designer, creating model suites for major condominium projects such as The Nieman Marcus Centre in Chicago, Harbourfront in Toronto, and The World Financial Centre in Battery Park, New York City. Blady moved on from design work in 1989 to pursue a full time career in fine art.
Exhibiting internationally, Blady’s canvases can now be found in many prominent galleries and private collections in Canada, the United States, and in Europe. The broad repertoire ranges from artworks of chromatic exuberance to soft and poignant elegance. Blady’s eclectic style uses textured exotic papers and fabrics, cut glass, and metallic acrylic, as mixed media collage painting, linking motifs from ancient symbolism with those of modern design and abstract expressionism. She was also commissioned to create a large sculpture called Tree of Life as a holocaust memorial for a synagogue in New York City. Recently, in addition to her usual mediums, she has begun to working in Encaustic.
A. Blady is a member of The Haliburton Arts Council, An executive member of The Haliburton Sculpture Forest, teaches for a few weeks each summer at The Haliburton School of the Arts, and is a participant in The Haliburton Studio Tour.
What is Encaustic Paint ?
Encaustic is a wax based paint (composed of beeswax, resin and pigment, which is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to an absorbent surface and then reheated in order to fuse the paint.
The word ‘encaustic’ comes from the Greek word enkaiein, meaning to burn in, referring to the process of fusing the paint.
Opulence. Encaustic is perhaps the most beautiful of all artists' paints, and it is as versatile as any 21st century medium. It can be polished to a high gloss, carved, scraped, layered, collaged, dipped, cast, modeled, sculpted, textured, and combined with oil. It cools immediately, so that there is no drying time, yet it can always be reworked.
Wax is its own varnish. Encaustic paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass because encaustic, which is the most durable of all artists' paints, is its own protector.