Never the Words Drawing by David Holcomb

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Drawing: Ink, Paper on Wood.

"Never the Words", 2015, pen and india ink with collaged book pages on 1/4 inch fiberboard panel, 12 inches wide by 16 inches tall (30 x 40 cm).

Although the eyes may be the "mirror to the soul", the hands are often even more expressive.

Pen and ink hatching is used to create tone and a sense of solidity, while a heavy outline preserves broader rhythms and gesture. Pages from damaged or weathered books are collaged into the negative space, reinforcing the idea of self-expression.

The paper collage areas are sealed and varnished lightly with a UV-protectant finish to halt further weathering and discoloration, while the ink areas are left unvarnished.

Note: These pieces owe a nod of thanks to Italian photographer Tina Modotti (1896-1942) who also explored the expressive potential of the image of the human hand.


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Never the Words

David Holcomb

United States

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Size: 12 W x 16 H x 0.3 in

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