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Steven Spazuk received a BFA from Université Laval, Quebec, in 1983. He has since become an experienced designer of sets, advertising, and other graphics. But apart from these conventional mediums, he is also a soot artist, who paints and draws with fire.
Soot painting is a technique whose first practitioners were cave dwellers, he says. By a mix of accident and intent, Spazuk has developed his own method method of creating elusive and haunting portraits entirely from the residue of smoke and fire.
His subjects, human body parts, are sometimes only suggested and other times depicted very literally. He will sometimes leave the remains of insects or rain in his work, etching upon them with minuscule brushes.
Spazuk has designed over twenty stamps for Canada Post.