2015 Student Thesis Exhibition



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Creation Date

Spring 2015


acrylic paintings (visual works)


Art and Design | Art Practice | Painting


Richie Benson, an acrylic on canvas painting, measures 25 inches by 36 inches.

Artist's Statement

Human hands have long fascinated me for both their aesthetic qualities and dexterous faculties. These able appendages of ours are the conduits through which we create, produce, and interact with the world around us. The incredible range and diversity of possibilities available through the use of one’s hands captivates me. No matter the activity—be it playing music, working on a watercolor, or making a bowl of guacamole—there is an anatomic consistency and universality in working with one’s hands. I find this to be quite beautiful and I wish to explore the moments of inspiration that drive people to create. By zooming in on such moments, I seek to emphasize both the physicality and the intimate passion of creation. Through a combination of careful rendering and expressive paint handling, I am representing this passion and the way in which the rest of the world seems to fade away when performing an activity that one loves.


This work appeared in INvision, the 2015 Thesis Exhibition at Linfield College. Image courtesy of Kelsey Garrett.


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