MagicHat ArtSpace:

Michael Stewart

August - September / Opening Ceremony - August 7th, 2015. 5:00 - 7:00 PM

The artist recognized as Pyropainter (both nationally and internationally) has a very precise and rather unique method for creating his renowned works of art.  Firstly, he begins by igniting a carefully controlled fire in the outdoors, and then taking a number of photographs of the blaze.  Additionally, he proceeds to study and identify the complex formations found in the flames; capturing it's natural, free-flowing movements with the aid of his digital camera.  This process is then repeated as he encircles the fire, the focus being on the discovery of even more interesting angles found within the flames; as well as capturing it's very life and vibrancy.

Next, Pyropainter imports the selected photographs into various graphics editing software, digitally manipulating the images into a rough composition.  Whether the flames erupt into a gritty gothic city skyline or the form of a demonic wraith, Pyropainter makes clever use of the organic quality of the flickering inferno to create a basis for his pieces.


Following this step, he would then dive deeper into the image, creating sharp, captivating details with the use of acrylic paints.  By finalizing the artwork with his honed painting techniques, Pyropainter is able to create hauntingly realistic images with their own individuality and a distinctive narrative describing them.  The result is an intriguing presentation of what a single artist can visualize, re-imagine, and solely bring about with his own imagination and the use of the a natural element.

Tom Ryan

2015 Wall to Canvas Winnter
October - December / Opening Ceremony - October 9th, 2015. 5:00 - 7:00 PM

It’s safe to say that I was a bit of a comic “geek” growing up. I dreamt of someday becoming a comic book artist. When I got to HS, the dream changed slightly, I was introduced to a new medium, ink on paper. I was never able to look at comics the same way. The precise line work found in comic illustrations is something that still influences my work to this day. By the time I was in college I was being inspired by the fantasy artists found in yearly releases of the book called Spectrum: The Best in Fantastical Art. After college I discovered several street artists that were evolving their art form and changing just how people viewed art on the streets.

I would say that my art is combination of all the things I loved in the past and present. My paintings consists of fantastical animals with a “street art” feel. They are brought to life using vibrant colors and bold line work straight from a comic book. The materials I use vary from time to time but are a combination of spray paint, acrylic paint, ink, and the most important tool… imagination.

About The Space

The Magic Hat ArtSpace was introduced in 2012 on the Artifactory tour ramp and showcases local artists and their work. Selected artists will typically be featured for two month. When a new artist is chosen, we will hold a reception on the first Friday of that month to coincide with Art Map Burlington’s First Friday Art Walk. All of the artwork displayed in this space can be purchased directly from the artists.

If you are interested in showing your work at the ArtSpace email

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