Alchemical Fire - In The Belly Of The Wind by Richard Maier

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The “Alchemical Fire” series is a visual meditation on fire, alchemy, summer, and heat. Seventeenth century engravings from classic alchemical treatises are combined with photographs of flames and mathematically derived images from the application Artmatic Pro to generate something new. Curiously, “Atalanta Fugiens”, from which two of the engravings originate, was written by Michael Maier. A distant ancestor perhaps?

“In The Belly Of The Wind” combines an engraving by Johann Theodor de Bry, from the alchemical tract titled Atalanta Fugiens, 1617 with a photo from stock.xchng photographer Frits van de Molen.

While having a strong background in photography and traditional printmaking, Richard Maier has mostly worked as a digital artist since the mid-90’s. His abstract and non-representational work tends toward a lush color palette and stark design, often filtered through the lens of chaos and noise. The natural world, as both the microcosm of biology and the macrocosm of space, is his favorite subject matter. He strives to create art that is both visually pleasing and intellectually fascinating.

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  • Solomon Walker
    Solomon Walkerabout 6 years ago

    terrific colours! a wonderful piece of art!

  • Thanks Solomon! Just trying to keep everyone warm in the midst of winter…

    – Richard Maier

  • linaji
    linajiabout 6 years ago

    bold beautiful and the subject matter is interesting.. i am sure greatness runs in your blood friend. :=}

  • Aw shucks. Thanks, you’re making me blush!

    – Richard Maier

  • artist4peace
    artist4peaceabout 6 years ago

    just the title alone makes me writhe with pleasure…and his dance,wicked with heat and and elemental beauty……
    who are you?OMG your mind…..very mathematical…like a surgen disecting,but in reverse….
    very serious works….yet ,dont carry that dark undertone….there is light….wow.

  • Thank you for the amazingly kind words and feedback! I’m glad that you enjoy my work!

    – Richard Maier

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroeabout 4 years ago


  • Thanks Robin.

    – Richard Maier

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome work in every way!

  • Thanks Thea, you’re too kind!

    – Richard Maier

  • Bobbie J. Bonebrake
    Bobbie J. Bone...almost 4 years ago

    Cool work!!

  • Thanks Bobbie!

    – Richard Maier

  • Kerry  Hill
    Kerry Hillover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work Richard!

  • Thanks so much, Kerry!

    – Richard Maier

  • Tammera
    Tammera6 months ago

  • Thank you so much Tammera, I’m honored to have three of my images featured in Love of Erie and Enchanting at once!!! :)

    – Richard Maier

  • billfox256
    billfox2565 months ago

    This is really a fantastic creation. Excellently done!!!! Bill

  • Thanks so much Bill, I’m glad you liked it!!

    – Richard Maier

  • lorilee
    lorilee3 months ago


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