Drawing: Graphite, Black & White and Pencil on Paper.
While "The Artist's Hand" is a pencil rendering of my left hand, this self-portrait of sorts was inspired by the tradition of artists who created artworks depicting hands. Specifically, my representation is in homage to the German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer, whose studies of the human hand infatuated me when I was a very young artist.
But "The Artist's Hand" also has additional significance. It expresses my devotion to the idea that an artist's singular vision, distinguishing skills, and personal techniques, or 'craft' if you will, makes for what is a truly original and authentic work of art. An 'artist's hand' is the magic of a capricious brushstroke, a droll and fluid ink line, or a whimsical pencil stoke; these things are the cure for the cynical artlessness of appropriation and blank simulacrum offered by postmodernism.
The 'artist's hand' is much more than simply leaving one's fingerprints in paint, it is the manifestation of a humanist vision. Oh… and by the way, I draw with my left hand.
"The Artist's Hand" is being exhibited at:
Brand 44 Works on Paper
Annual National Juried Exhibition
Brand Library & Art Center. Glendale, California
Sept. 24 through Oct. 28, 2016.
Keywords: portrait, realism, Social Realism, drawing, figurative