I now have one of the five artists books that I made in The Tate Gallery special archive of artists books along with all the other artists books that artists have made and The Tate Gallery have acquired and thought worthy to add through their history.
Link to my artists book in The Tate special archive of artists books
It is suppose to be a permanent link supplied by the Tate but seems to sometimes say expired... Not so permanent then... That is The Tate not me...
Early Abstracts, two examples, ongoing series;
If And When
Unfinished nude life painting, painted in the style I taught myself before I went to art school, ongoing series;
Unfinished Portuguese life model painting London 2009
This life painting nude, I spent hours painting the model, then wipe the canvas clean,
and then painted for about 20 minutes, this is the result, from 20 minutes of painting.
Colour Field Abstracts; Childish Pleasures; Two examples ongoing series
Faces Project, two examples, ongoing series;
English Face 2002
Swedish Face 2016
Painting By Numbers Project, two examples painted from photographs taken by my parents,
ongoing series though various subject matter;
Boy with a black eye 2002
Time-Machine Tricycle 2002
As I mentioned, the 2 above paintings are sourced from the rather beautiful photographs
that my parents took of us when we were children. Both my mother and father took beautiful photographs.
They are not just about our childhood,
but supposed to be about the kind of childhood every child should have.
Mouths Series, one example
Part of a painting installation art piece called 'Struggle', which is a piece about the world,
for as one might notice the world is out of balance in many ways at the present time,
the series of paintings that make up this my painting art installation 'Struggle'
were inspired by the ideas of a more benevolent, balanced world for all.
Struggle because struggling to make the best world we can and be the best people we can.
This was the last painting I did at The Chelsea School of Art when I was about 18.
My lecturers there were not very pleased with me as I had gone abstract I had also been painting abstracts.
The problem was for them as one finally told me before I left after a year to go travelling was they had accepted me
because they thought I was a brilliant life painter, much more 'realistic' though still expressively painted
and complained that my painting was better as far as they were concerned before I went to Chelsea, which they also took
as an insult to them. Though several students told me that their friends thought it was
the best painting of any type in the end of year show.
Athena 2021 © ®
Originally while I was in Greece on my latest visit there I asked to photograph the faces of 3 women
for this painting of Athena they all refused so I had to use a photograph of a fashion model I worked with in 2007
who was not Greek as she had the face nearest to what I envisioned for the face of Athena. If I work from
photographs I always use my own ones I have taken for continuity and through preference so it is my work start
to finish. This painting like any of my paintings is both a physical painting and an NFT and
though I have no silkscreen lino etching prints on my website currently
I have produced some throughout my time as an artist and some of my paintings
are used to limited produce limited editions prints.
Russell Hand © ®
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