Fire Painting


For the past 10 years, Steven Spazuk has developed a unique technique that allows him to use the flame of a candle as a pencil to create his paintings with trails of soot.

Using various tools, he intuitively sculpt the plumes of soot left behind in response to the shapes that appear on the canvas. Bodies in a perpetual metamorphosis are the language with which he express his thoughts on the human condition: emotions, opinions, stories. Spazuk often works piece by piece, collecting a multitude of unique elements that are assembled into mosaics. Spazuk sees fragments of things, events, people, as a powerful metaphor of modern life and of the way we perceive things through our senses and our minds. His work expresses how every one of us is a fragment of mankind.

All images © Steven Spazuk

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