Steve Hanks, the premiere artist working today in the technically demanding field of realistic watercolor figure painting, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from complications of treatment for cancer. His astonishing realism came from a skillful control of washes, edges and layers, and his knowledge of the properties of water and pigment. Now I understand how to gain control by letting go, he said in his 2006 book, Moving On.I just want to be part of the ride. Although teachers often cited his artistic ability, Steve Hanks main interest while growing up around San Francisco was sports.
As a young teenager, Hanks pursued surfing and tennis with passion and his spiritual connection with the ocean never left him. After high school Hanks enrolled in summer session commercial art courses at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He did well in his commercial art classes, but it was a life drawing class that captured his interest. He focused his energy on the study of anatomy and figure drawing and transferred into the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. He graduated in the 1960s with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and then moved back to New Mexico in search of a home art gallery.
Initially, he drew in pencil and painted in oils. His paintings were impressionistic while his drawings were more realistic. Eventually, an allergic reaction to oils forced him to experiment with watercolors. Using the techniques learned from other mediums, he found he could create watercolors as finished as oils.Jurors, galleries and collectors have long recognized Steve Hanks talent. He received the National Watercolor Society Merit Award and the National Academy of Western Art Gold Medal, in addition to consistently appearing in the list of top ten American artists compiled by U. Art for the Parks has honored his work with many awards.
Deeply affected by the emotions, shifting attitudes and music of the 1960s, the music of Bob Dylan often accompanied Hanks as he painted in his studio. His paintings are much more than endearing images of women and children. Rather than conveying a specific message through his paintings, Hanks preferred to explore memories and emotions.All art is an escape to somewhere you want to be or a feeling you want to have, Hanks said. People see different things in my paintings because we all have different backgrounds and feelings. His highly collected nudes convey an introspective solitude that prompts the viewer to think about his or her own life and path. Women occupy a special niche in my sensitivity.
They express more storytelling ability. Theres more magic in them, he said. The emotional impact of these detailed and highly realistic paintings is stunning.
Whatever the subjectchildren, families, women, nudes, landscapes, water, textile patternsthe paintings are also about light, shadow and emotion. They each reveal a personal challenge, pain, or joy of the artist. I want my whole body of work to tell a story when Im gone, he said. It will tell the story of my life emotionally.Steve Hanks lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he raised his three children who were often portrayed in his art. "Her Domain" Steve Hanks Limited Edition Fine Art Giclee Canvas.
Throughout the history of art, great artists have admired and then captured the human form on canvas. Artist Steve Hanks' exquisite contribution to this timeless art form is evidenced in his images. Discerning collectors will appreciate these signed and numbered, limited edition giclée canvases from the Figures in Light series.
Steve Hanks' exceptional watercolor technique is the perfect medium for this subject. Rather than convey a specific message through his paintings, Hanks prefers to evoke an emotion-what he refers to as "introspective solitude" as he beautifully captures a moment in time.22" by 10" Image Size, Edition size 100, signed by the artist. All Limited Edition prints are signed and numbered (S/N) by the artist. Limited Edition prints are restricted to a certain number. For example, if 400 prints are made from an original painting, once theyre gone, thats it.
There is no limit to the number of open edition prints of a particular painting. Thats why Limited Edition prints are more expensive and more valuable to collectors than "open" edition. Rare objects are more valuable.
The term "giclee" denotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries. All Limited Edition artwork is subject to availability at time of order. The item "Her Domain Steve Hanks Limited Edition Fine Art Giclee Canvas" is in sale since Wednesday, April 25, 2012. This item is in the category "Art\Art Prints". The seller is "airplanesandmore" and is located in Flower Mound, Texas.
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