Not many artists would willingly set their work on fire, but that’s exactly what Danny Sherving does to create these unique gunpowder paintings.
Sherving grew up near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and has continued to make his home there as an adult. Like many artists, he’s found inspiration in the local landscape and animals, but how he brings them to life is far from ordinary.
After arranging gunpowder on wood or canvas, Sherving ignites it with a lighter. The work of art bursts into flames, permanently searing the image in place.
While his subjects are undoubtedly northwestern, so is the unique technique. The gunpowder, artist’s bravery, and brazen way the work is created are all qualities the world has come to recognize as belonging to the good ol’ West.
Fans frequently want to know if wind or the artist’s own breath messes up the composition, and the answer is yes! Sherving said, “I have learned how very controlled the environment has to be to both to design and to burn.”