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Playing with fire

DNMUM385116 | 3/19/2017 | Author : Pratik Ghosh | WC :555

Using the flame of a candle or a torch to create his art, Steven Spazuk is master of the fumage technique. The trailblazer from Canada talks to Pratik Ghosh about his unusual creative process
Fifteen years ago, Canadian visual artist Steven Spazuk had a dream. It was a vision of a black and white landscape painting, and he knew intuitively that it was done with fire. He has since worked towards mastering an unusual technique called fumage wherein he uses the flame of a candle, a Zippo windproof lighter or a torch as a pencil.
He sculpts the carbon residue on the canvas with regular paintbrushes, specially designed wire brushes and feathers of birds to give form to human figures and birds.
Spazuk s dalliance with the flame has earned him the moniker ‘The Fire Artist’ even as his work continues to blaze a trail on the internet. The lighter manufacturer has now teamed up with the maverick artist by releasing
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