A Handful of Moments Painting by David Holcomb

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The artwork framed on the worktable, with paint tubes and brushes nearby to indicate scale.
A closeup detail image of the artwork.
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Art Description

Painting: Acrylic on Wood.

"A Handful of Moments", 2015 - acrylic on fiberboard, 40 x 40 cm.

A ghostly chain passes through a man's hands, flowing like water between his fingers. The mysterious object seems to respond to the touch, yet is still somehow unreal, remote -- untouchable. The lighting is cool and dim, also remote.

The panel is sealed with layers of white acrylic enamel, then coated with black acrylic and roughly sanded. Over this distressed surface the image of the figure is painted in monochrome with white and Payne's gray, warmed only slightly by tiny additions of ochre at highlights. The ribbon is painted with a fine lettering brush, using acrylic paint thinned with water.

The completed image, once dry, was sealed with a light coating of UV protectant varnish.

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.




A Handful of Moments

David Holcomb

United States


Size: 16 W x 16 H x 0.3 in

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