Is there a medium that artists won’t use? We’re all familiar with the usual acrylic paints, watercolors, chalk, and so on, but did you know that there are artists that are painting with fire? It cannot be easy. After all, fire is extremely unpredictable and dangerous. However, there are several artists ignoring the risks and creating stunning and unique pieces of art all created using flame.
In Canada, Steven Spazuk has been painting with fire for nearly 15 years. After being inspired by a dream where he stood in a gallery with black-and-white paintings he knew were created with fire, he has been experimenting with flame and brushes made from materials like Barbie-doll hair, frayed rope, needles, and feathers. The process begins with a clean sheet of paper and a torch. He free-paints with the flame, and then uses his brushes to create white space and images in the soot. Because the soot is so delicate, Spazuk isn’t always sure of what a painting will turn out to be. He compares it to the path of a fish in water.