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burn, burn, burn by agnes-cecile 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

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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. :D
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Critique by TheRequiem13 Jan 4, 2014, 5:23:27 AM
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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ariya-sacca Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2019  Student General Artist
This is a beautiful and powerful image!
virginsofthesun Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2019  New Deviant
Love this piece 🔆🔆
LiamHamilton Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018   Filmographer
So very stylish. (:
jgoodnight Featured By Owner May 8, 2017
why cant i get a print of this
Nevereal Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017
Thank you, this is awesome.
PHIREFISH Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work
Arok1988 Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing, you are very talented.
bumblebeeing8 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
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 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
its only up to you to realise- if this thing is collapsing or being constructed. fantastic! 
crazyruthie Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
powerful. so much emption. :clap:
skullzapper Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yeah, first thing I thought of was RATM album cover. This is an awesome painting. Well done.
Splitting-Image Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Photographer
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 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Powerful. I immediately thought of that famous photo when seeing this, even before I saw the description. Fantastic work.
dannyartti Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Great work!!
thelastelanor Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm getting this like 3D. 
icmb94 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
the whole image just flows so well and is a beautiful piece of art
jessemayberry Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
This is Such a strong Image, you did a great job portraying this.
Paper-Thin-Skull Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Self immolation in all its intensity and symbolism. The spirit of man carried off in a rebellious cloud of smoke. 
JCavell Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Very nice.
DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
I love how well the title reflects the frustration, the force and struggle in this painting. Never thought abstract art can convey such powerful emotion :clap:
HuanLe Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't know if you intended for this effect or if this was a happy accident, but I LOVE how 3D this painting feels. The curve of each drip path and the shadows below the man convey a sense of depth and movement... Spectacular! Never seen something like this before. 
S-I-O-N-E Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Really really great. I think a lot of the time when people work like this they have some interesting marks but don't really think through the composition, but you totally nailed this composition.
Akwartone Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing.. :)
EyeDoorCinema Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student Photographer
I absolutely love how you dealt with this subject. Strong and beautiful (: 
appa-appa-away Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing... :heart: 
its-just-business Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student General Artist
A-Krawiec Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one is fantastic. 
JACAC Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
v e r y . w e l l . d o n e
v e r y . e x p r e s s i v e
DeLumine Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Wow, - fantastic!
KinyoLee Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
very expressive !! :wow:
ladenu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
novus41 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
świetna praca
all-Twinkie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Omg, it's... so amazing!! :heart:
jnneDesign Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Love this! Great motive. I see a movie when I look at this.
Kory89 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It has depth in open space, I like that
Muffin-is-Liz Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love this, I bet you could change the colors and it just get cooler.
MissCake Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just wow! blow my mind! awesome!
MrZeroSpoon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Perfect emotive capturing of an intense moment.
finalwhisper Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
bone-machine-bone Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
wow! it's so spacial.
squirjem Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the depth you've created simply through the weight of line.  This is stunning!
WaltzingBones Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it!
FrodoPrime Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
what a horrendous act of self immolation in Vietnam - you version is more sanitized and romanticize, with the lines coming out of his body suggesting both flames and his spirit 
XIGRAHAMIX Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for capturing my emotions.
bluesag Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hawaiflower Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I could spend hours looking at the picture *-* very amazing
BlueEyedJuniper Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student General Artist
A very wonderful interpretation of the photo, beautiful work as always <3
Annaliese-Shelly Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
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Canon EOS 500D
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1/30 second
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22 mm
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Jan 3, 2014, 1:52:21 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Macintosh)
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