Prime Art: Steve Spazuk Paints with Fire

In times like this, I prefer to read about what this world has to offer. Here is why:

Original video here.

There is a saying “Do not play with fire.” but this doesn’t hinder a Canadian-based artist, Steven Spazuk, who has perfected a technique called fumage, that allows him to use the flame of candle or the flame of a torch as a pencil to create his paintings with trails of soot.

Spazuk has spent the last 14 years in developing and perfecting his soot painting technique. “I started to work with fire in 2001,” Spazuk stated, “The marks I leave on the paper are actually traces of soot.” he state in his interview in BuzzFeed.

Using various tools, he intuitively sculpt the plumes of soot left behind to etches lines, shapes and pattern that will complete the canvas, according to Slate, Steven uses white paint to embellish his fire paintings, and brushes to remove soot from the charred surface of the paper/canvas and create a painted effect. “Sometimes my work or my image is planned, but often I go with serendipity and spontaneity,” he says. “It interests me to see what I will discover.”

Spontaneity and chance are the heart and soul of his creative process.

This is one of my favorite:

mixed media, 62 x 56 in.

Photo: Steven Spazuk Facebook

I like art, I love art. What do you think of his creativity?

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Check out other websites about this topic:
An Artist Who Paints With Fire and Feathers
Fire Paintings: Artist Draws With Flames And Soot
Painting with fire: Artist uses candle flames to create spectacular, detailed sketches out of SOOT
Fire Paintings: Artist Draws With Flames And Soot
This Artist Makes Extremely Detailed Portraits Using Fire And It’s Impressive AF


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