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burn, burn, burn

By agnes-cecile

From the famous burning monk's pic…
I wanted to extend that image and that moment; these black lines are an invisible energy

black enamel paint and charcoal on canvas 
150cm x 120cm

Image details
Image size
1000x659px 482 KB
Canon EOS 500D
Shutter Speed
1/30 second
Focal Length
22 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jan 3, 2014, 1:52:21 PM
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© 2014 - 2021 agnes-cecile
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Ondrejkova's avatar
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thisone is really strong one...
story behind this picture makes it strongly emotive.
I like your watercolors.. but in these type of paintings i see more form your passion /and your demons too/
/i gave only half of originality because it is based upon a real photo/
I think its harder to paint this way, because you have to be pushed by sour passion to have such a ressult.. like this. And i konw, it can be very exhausting to demonstrate your inside.
At the end i want to say, i like it very much and hope, to see more like this in the future from you <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>
good luck
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I've seen in the picture in the past and it had a very strong impact on me; the flames devouring the body of the monk just transmitted such powerful feelings and sensations. This composition however takes the event into another dimension, since as you said the black lines are invisible energy.

Now fire is already energy in itself in the form of light and heat, however these lines probably represent something more abstract, an energy that probably lies within us, and in the case of the monk, the energy of his spirituality. The action taken by him, to light his body on fire, was a sign of rebellion towards the lack of equality between the rights of Catholicism and Buddhism (this last one could not practice nor spread its religion). Hence the disorder of the black lines suggest the chaos caused by the contradiction of the society.

On the other hand they could also simply be the lines of heat, where the temperature of the fire is highest, like a filter on the picture that only takes into account the kinetic energy, which is something invisible to our eye.

As a last thing I really like the combination of black enamel paint and charcoal, since it can bring both a very intense and definite shape or a blurry one, which is something you did with great skills.

Un lavoro magnifico, i miei complimenti <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=";)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="387" title=";) (Wink)"/>
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Personally, in comparision to some of your other works similar to this (done in the same style), this piece may lack slightly. However, that doesn't hold this piece back much.

Your vision to recreate the scenario of the burning monk into an artwork clearly outlines how you, as an artist, sees and interprets things. You had a clear goal when creating this piece and you succeeded in reaching it.

Nothing is too impressive with the plain charcoal man (monk); however, the usage of charcoal instead of paint was clearly a good option. This is because using various mediums can be pleasing to the eye, and it also keeps the man in the middle of the scenario. Making the figure dark as well as not using completely realistic proportions, you create a figure that suits the artwork and isn't completely overwhelmed by the rest of the piece. A credible part of the charcoals is the vague flowing of the bottom of the man's body to the bottom of the artwork.

To be honest, at first glance, I did think the figure and the piece itself may have been based something to do with drugs; however, that's my own interpretation, and once you know the origins of a piece, it doesn't matter and now I truly understand your intentions.

The thing that makes this piece pop out is the linework, which you said was invisible energy. An impressive 3D space has been created in this piece, just by those lines. The darker and larger lines appear as if they are in reach. The thin lines in the middle and upper area of the artwork, along with the silver/grey-looking lines, appear to be distance (for those reasons). This creates a vast and amazing space in the artwork. If they were just pure black lines, this piece definitely wouldn't have been as exciting.

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Art is the medium to send messages, and this message is important. The message of the burning buddhist monk is tragic and valuable.
It's a good implementation, with the black colour and the contrast, between the paper and the colour. It makes a feeling of depth and darkness.
The wild splashs are a good technique to make the fire and the black, silent person represent the buddhist monk perfectly.
The splashs are also a good contrast to the silent monk. The fokus is on the splashs, because they take up more space than the silent person, but the monk is darker and flat. So you fokus is on the splashs, but you don't forget the monk. He isn't in the background. I think that's important.
And the title says, what the everybody can see: rage, rage, rage or hurt,hurt,hurt. Thought a buddhist monk can displace his feelings, but the reason of his action is another kind of hurt.
I like it how you placed the splashs. Brighter splashs in the background, darker splashs in the front.
But I think it's disruptive, that there isn't a graceful transistion from the monk and the splashs at some places.

-Vision: all stars, it's a good concept and the fokus is perfect.
-Originality: 4 stars, because I think it is the perfect technique for this concept, and no surprise that you used it.
-Technique: 4 1/2 stars, because of the transistion.
-Impact: all stars, because of the implementation and the feeling it makes.
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Wow okay. Let me start off with how detailed this is. Even though this is only a black (and white) painting, you can see that body shape really clearly and the curvy lines that make up the entire picture. The only part I think isn't that detailed is the head. In my opinion, it looks just ever-so-slightly messy, but it's not bad, don't worry about it!
Embodying the black lines as energy is really creative, it is, and I'm truly jealous I can't put out work like this. The bottom looks pretty cool, where it's slightly smeared and covered up with lines, (energy.) I find this piece really fascinating. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="366" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>
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Although i am new at deviantart i've been folowing your works through your facebook page...
As all your works this one is very interesting.I think that your quality is that you manage to express emotions through your works.This work particulary is in its own league.Photography you used as a reference holds something special, it holds an idea,sacrificing your life for your own beliefs.This work represents that moment.Fast and keen strokes of brush,thick and thin lines that go in many direction greatly represent fire in its wild linear form.And then monk that is siting peaceful,done with stains which overflow with wriggly lines.Representing a person that is ready to die for his own beliefs.In this case for his own religion.
Traum-Fabrik's avatar

Sometimes art has to hurt. I adore this one... wish I could have it in my room here as a painting...

crisum's avatar
so awesome done...i love it so mutch! <3
nyAnoousm's avatar
burning from inside
explosion from outside .

:) (Smile) 
ariya-sacca's avatar
This is a beautiful and powerful image!
virginsofthesun's avatar
Love this piece 🔆🔆
Aesolei's avatar
So very stylish. (:
why cant i get a print of this
Nevereal's avatar
Thank you, this is awesome.
PHIREFISH's avatar
Very nice work
Arok1988's avatar
Amazing, you are very talented.
bumblebeeing8's avatar
This is so incredible- it's so difficult to capture so much emotion with abstraction and in only black and white! LOVE it <3 Thanks for posting this!
discoblitz's avatar
A thoughtful interpretation of a very powerful and important photo. The lines coming off give a sense of the chaos of the flames on his body and makes me think of his mediation being the constant through the pain he must have experienced. I agree the lines also seem like the energy escaping his body. Well done.
AnNyssaArtByYante's avatar
I "followed" you from Facebook actually. (Decided to start a page on DeviantArt myself.) I absolutely love your work, especially these types - when you just throw the paint and smear charcoal and suddenly, a masterpiece appears. Gorgeous!
gateristas's avatar
its only up to you to realise- if this thing is collapsing or being constructed. fantastic! 
crazyruthie's avatar
powerful. so much emption. :clap:
skullzapper's avatar
Yeah, first thing I thought of was RATM album cover. This is an awesome painting. Well done.
Splitting-Image's avatar
Wow, Words can not describe how I feel when looking at this.  As a Visual Artist myself, I absorb everything I see with great emotion far beyond my potential.  Iconic!!
conman--87's avatar
Powerful. I immediately thought of that famous photo when seeing this, even before I saw the description. Fantastic work.
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