While many equate the burning of gunpowder with the crack of a contained explosion, those familiar with its chemical properties known that burning it unconstrained typically creates on a brief flash and fire. Taking advantage of this is Wyoming artist Danny Shervin, who started experimenting with it at college in Montana.
In short, the “painting” is completed by the burning of gunpowder granules that are strategically placed on a medium (typically wood or a canvas) and when arranged to the artist’s intent, are set alight to spectacular effect.
The art focuses primarily on the wildlife typical to Wyoming. Various standard work includes moose, elk, cows, trout, and various birds. Check out the burning of the Hereford Cow below.
Danny has set up a website dedicated to the work, aptly titled “Paint with Gunpowder” which creates a secure shopping portal to purchase prints and some original work. For those so inclined to commission a custom work, customers are encouraged to contact the artist directly through e-mail.
Originals float around $1,000 with prints varying from about $50 up to $150 for signed “limited editions.” The art is able to be shipped internationally post burning, so those in firearms restricted locales need not worry about violating any laws. T-Shirts are also available.