It is absolutely stunning what can be achieved with just two fairly simple things: Gun powder and porcelain. The contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang has taken these items and utilized them in the most bosslike fashion to create some explosive masterpieces to blow everyone’s minds into oblivion!

Originally born in China and educated at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, where Cai Guo-Qiang studied stage design, he now resides in New York City. The fiery artwork compilation you are about to see is located at the Power Station of Art in the city of Shanghai of Cai Guo-Qiang’s home country China.
His motto for these gunpowder drawings on porcelein was simply “destroy nothing, create nothing’. Growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution, Cai Guo-Qiang witnessed too many explosions to count. Some of them were negative in nature like cannon blasts and some were positive like celebratory fireworks. He believes that gunpowder, and the resulting explosions that include fire, can be used both destructively and constructively. We’d call his artwork constructive to say the least, but the creation of it does include some fun-to-watch destruction!
So let’s get right to the explosions. The images below display, to some extent, what goes into making a bosslike gunpowder drawing. We’ll let you figure out how he manages to use gunpowder on porcelain to create such stunning pieces of art, because we really can’t figure out how they end up so beautifully detailed ourselves.

Following the big BOOM with fire and smoke everywhere, all that’s left to do is put these marvelous masterpieces on the wall after they’re cooled down. Imagine having the opportunity to be there when one of these wonderful gunpowder drawings is forged from what Cai Guo-Qiang calls the “material fuel”.

The beautiful details on the flowers specifically are simply mindboggling. How does he do this with just some gunpowder? He is truly a boss artist!
Visit Cai Guo-Qiang’s web site here to learn more about him and his art.