Drawing with fire – Steven Spazuk

By On April 28, 2012 In Art, Editor's picks, Video

A French Canadian artist, Steven Spazuk, has developed a unique technique to use a flame to create his own art works. His unique technique entails essentially burning a thick sheet of paper. In the 1980s, Steven began using an airbrush and found himself fascinated by the smooth gradients created by the finely sprayed paint. Then, in 2001 an idea struck: what would happen if he exposed a canvas to fire and controlled the imprint of soot left on the surface? Spazuk has hardly left the medium since.

© Steven Spazuk

Though he creates many smaller pieces that look like smokey gesture drawings, I really enjoy his wall-sized fragmentation paintings made from hundreds of smaller works, each the result of a canvas exposed to fire and then gently etched to reveal finers details. Watch the video above to see how he does it.

© Steven Spazuk


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