Fire, smoke and burn

Jean Boghossian is one of the few artists who experiments by applying fire and smoke to various works.


Objects that Boghossian has attacked through the flame include canvas, paper, books and plastics, at times leaving behind patterns of perforation. In his paintings and drawings, Boghossian uses different multimedia including watercolor, charcoal, oil, pigments and acrylic paint with techniques that include folding, collage, and uprooting. Boghossian’s sculptures range from wood, polystyrene, clay, marble and bronze, some of which he also tickles with the flame.

Jean Boghossian


Jean Boghossian is an abstract multidisciplinary artist whose recent artworks all bear, at different degrees, traces of burn degradation.

It is through the process of willful damage with an invasive and rather violent method (fire), that Boghossian continuously searches for harmony. Conscious that one will never completely tame the chaotic move of flames and smoke, he enters the fire dance and moves along with the blaze until he chooses to stop the process. This is where he feels the right balance has been reached.