Steve Woodbury creates contemporary calligraphy by using the ancient material of gunpowder on modern substrates.
These paintings reinvigorate the weighted historical concerns of calligraphy, language and the nature of perception and meaning by blending ancient and modern materials with digital and analogue information transfer.
Woodbury believes that this literally explosive process is “the ultimate Zen moment” where unseen universal forces create the mark. The pigment is fused into the surface, in a process where matter changes form – “it’s like alchemy” he says.
To watch a video about the process of making a gunpowder artwork, click here.