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Lowcountry artist painting with fire, lighting up shows at CSU and College of Charleston

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Lowcountry artist, Christopher Johnson, using fire as part of his art (WCIV)

You may have seen him lighting up shows at the College of Charleston or Charleston Southern University.

This week’s African American artist feature is truly on fire.

As the crowds cheer--his excitement builds; and when the paint hits the canvas, flames bring to life another work of art.

“It gives me the strength to be able to talk to people,” artist Christopher Johnson said.

1 Corinthians 3:13 says, “Their work will be shown for what it is, because the day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work,”

These are words to live by from Johnson’s spiritual compass, the guide he uses in art and in life.

“It’s like a tunnel with just me and God. It’s just me and I’m at that point,” he said.

Its a calling that pointed him in a direction he never though he would go.

“I had to find a way to get into something I thought was cool and art was something I thought was cool.” Johnson added.

It’s become his way of telling stories.

“It allows me to have a voice. I really enjoy doing it because it feels like a whole another person or a whole another feeling inside,” he said.

Johnson incorporated flames into his acts. It's a technique inspired from stories he heard growing up.

“My grandmother told me bible stories and the one about Moses and the burning bush,” he added.

The Charleston Southern graduate is making his mark in the Lowcountry. His work is featured in an exhibit at the Charleston County Library.