Matlapeng uses fire for drawing

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While most local visual artists choose to go with common fine art forms such as painting, drawing, painting, sculpture, drawing, watercolour, graphics and architecture, Prince Matlapeng has gone adventurous by doing pyrography.

Pyrography is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks from a heated object, usually a heated pen-like metal tool.

The term ‘pyrography’ comes from the Greek words pur and graphos, meaning 'writing with fire'. The 37-year-old visual artist creates fine wooden artworks that show a depth of concept and intricate craftsmanship. He says his personal choice is drawing on wood using a soldering iron and using acrylic paints and coloured pencils to add some more details and highlights to his artwork.

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