Best pyrotechnic action painter (2008)

NAOKI IWAKAWA

Oil, acrylic, sand, glass, and wood dust might be part of the average painter's palette, but NAOKI IWAKAWA also finds flames a useful medium. He lights up his canvases in the middle of music-backed gallery performances. In such a (literally) heated atmosphere, it's exhilarating to watch his creations come to life, but also helpful to know where the exits are, just in case. naokiiwakawa@hotmail.com