Steven Spazuk Paints With Fire And Soot, And The Process Is Hypnotizing — VIDEO

Quebec artist Steven Spazuk works with unusual media: He paints with fire and soot. Using a technique known as “fumage,” the artist uses open flames to create soot on paper, and then uses a variety of utensils, including knives, brushes, and feathers, to scrape away the black top layer, revealing the white underneath. The resulting images are ethereal and (literally) smoky, ranging from free flowing soot-sketches of the human body to surprisingly detailed portraits of birds. Spazuk has posted a number of videos of himself working online; they depict a mesmerizing process in which the flame seems to spontaneously reveal images on paper.

In an interview with Bored Panda, Spazuk explained how he began using his distinctive technique, saying,

Spazuk also discussed how he deals with some of the practical complications that arise from working with fire and soot:

Although the Spazuk’s finished work is beautiful, the videos of him “painting” are lovely and hypnotic in their own right.

Watch full videos below, and check out Spazuk’s YouTube channel for more.

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