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Artist Steve Spazuk Has Been Painting with Fire for over 14 Years

Using various tools Steve Spazuk has developed and perfected a unique technique that allows him to use the flame of a candle or the flame of a torch as a pencil to create his paintings with trails of soot. He intuitively sculpt the plumes of soot left behind in response to the shapes that appear on the canvas and he has been at this for the past 14 years.

SPAZUK fire painter from Patrick Peris on Vimeo.

Spontaneity and chance are the heart and soul of his creative process. He does not censor. He does not direct. Spazuk opens himself to the experience. This in-the-moment creative practice coupled with the fluidity of the soot, creates a torrent of images, shadows and light.

Fueled by the quest of a perfect shape that has yet to materialize, he concentrate in a meditative act and surrender to capture the immediacy of the moment on canvas.

Spazuk draws inspiration from the his fascination of the human body. Bodies in a perpetual metamorphosis are the language with which he express his thoughts on the human condition: emotions, opinions, stories that are born of his uncensored psyche.

Spazuk often works piece by piece, collecting a multitude of unique elements that he assembles into mosaics. Entities that, once grouped together, afford a different meaning and provide a new perspective that is both novel and complementary. He sees fragments of things, events, people, as a powerful metaphor of modern life and, even more so, of the way we perceive things through our senses and our minds.

His work expresses how every one of us is a constituent fragment of the human community.

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