For the past 16 years, artist Steven Spazuk has been honing the craft of painting with fire. The “fire artist” uses the resulting soot from flames to produce haunting, delicate work. By trailing his tools over the remnants of a flame, he almost sculpts his subjects on the canvas in a technique called fumage.
Spazuk is quick to point out that he didn’t invent the technique—it’s most likely how pre-historic man created cave paintings. But something about his work has captured the public’s imagination, as he finds the perfect balance between unique execution and memorable, finished product. Recently, he began working with Zippo as a sponsored artist, where in an interview he explains that the idea first came to him in a dream. After dreaming of seeing a work in a gallery created by fire, he took the idea and set to work, developing fumage into his characteristic signature.
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Spazuk specializes in a technique called fumage, where he uses fire and soot combined with acrylics to create his artwork.