My Head, My Heart, My Hand

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My Head, My Heart, My Hand
Paul Hutchinson
oil on canvas
810 X 810 mm
1997

I guess this was the most unusual and awkward pose I had attempted. It certainly proved to be a marathon effort to paint from life.

I had just recently returned from a trip to Europe where I studyed all the great paintings I had up until then only seen in reproduction. When I got back to my little insular world in Taranaki I sank into a deep depression that proved to be quite a debilitating illness. In fact this painting as well as another upside-down portrait proved to be some of the last paintings I would paint for two years. Those years are largely a blank to me today. I spent most of it sleeping or just vegetating in a chair.


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