Ken Gold is an artist primarily known for his work in photography, encaustic painting and encaustic sculpture. Over the past 15 years he has focused on making sculptures using pigmented encaustic wax and found objects, as a means to push the boundaries of his creative ideas, medium and process. He creates the sculptures by building a wire armature, covering it with wax-soaked paper, painting up to 25 coats of encaustic paint, fusing each layer and using various melting and scraping tools to create texture.
Ken Gold was born and raised in Southern California. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and has worked as a scientist, zoologist, behaviorist and animal welfare specialist. Gold’s interest in art developed at a young age, and while he has had little formal art education, he taught himself photography, painting and sculpture.
Ken has traveled extensively throughout the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia, and always has a camera ready to photograph animals, nature, people and architecture. He has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, The Netherlands, Singapore, Oxford, England and currently resides in Albany, California.
Gold’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the Chicago area as well as in Los Angeles and San Francisco California, Massachusetts and New York. He is part of the permanent collection of the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, Illinois. In the summer of 2002 he completed a mural as part of the Hubbard Street Mural Project in Chicago.