The Artist's Hands
Watercolour and pencil; signed and dated 1998.
12.5 x 9.25 inches
Hazlett, Gooden & Fox, John Ward in Venice, 4 May - 1 June 2000, no. 30.
'Hands, drawn and painted, are a marvellous subject, and in a group portrait can be used to give animation and movement. Their complexity, folds and tensions are like exercises on the violin, a lovely feat of dexterity. My practice of drawing hands was useful in the early days when I earned my living by commercial art. With lipsticks, flowers or a book, a drawn hand often served better than the photograph'.