Michael Dominick is a cast iron sculptor by trade. He developed a technique for painting with the 2800-degree molten iron as it comes directly out if the furnace. His persuasion of the liquid fire on a collision course with the picture plane results in highly unique markings. The gestural strokes and splashes are layered with sweat, dirt, coal dust and sometimes even blood. Painting with molten iron is dangerous work… and lonely work. He is the only one.
A substrate of canvas or plaster backing board is fused with several layers of archival drawing paper and a liquid flame retardant. This allows the molten iron to scorch a trail as it travels across the picture plane without setting everything on fire. The oil paint flames up when hot molten iron ignites the linseed oil creating intricate marks that both scorch the surface and burn down into the depths of layered paper. Each painting successfully captures the dynamic intensity of the moment of its creation.