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"To Believe" by Steve Hanks

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"To Believe" by Steve Hanks

To Believe
by Steve Hanks

“The Grand Canyon is not the most beautiful and interesting thing in the world I could choose to paint―the human figure is. Beyond its surface variety and beauty, the depth of expression the human figure is capable of is immense,” relates Steve Hanks. “Additionally, each viewer’s interpretation of what they see will be based on their own individual experiences. So when I paint a painting of a woman deep in thought, the most compelling part of the painting is the part I have left out―uncovering what the woman must be thinking.”

Steve Hanks may not tell us exactly what this woman is thinking, but he always leaves us with some clues to help interpret. He uses sunlight not only to reveal beauty but as a metaphor to connote revelation or understanding. Light can emanate from a person as much as they can reflect it. Small bodies of water are calm and safe places as opposed to the vast and unpredictable sea. A lifted head conveys joy and confidence.

But none of the above matters much if the artwork itself is not being created by a master. This Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Edition of "To Believe" captures all the beauty and grace of the Steve Hanks’ original. You can almost smell the water in the reflecting pool, experience the sun on the woman’s face and feel the heat emanating from the stone on which she sits.

"To Believe" by Steve Hanks

Sizing and Pricing:

Greenwich Workshop
Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
limited to 45 s/n.
27"w x 18"h.
$545


 





About Steve Hanks

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. He eventually tired of a steady diet of competitive tennis, but continued to surf, finding a spiritual connection with the ocean. “Surfing had a strong influence on my paintings,” he says. “The ocean often appears in my work, because I have such strong feelings for it.” Although it was apparent early on that he had talent, Hanks refused to do the required assignments in his high school art class and earned a grade of C in the class. “To prove I was good, I did a one-man show at the high school and sold my first painting to another art teacher,” he says. After high school Hanks enrolled in summer session commercial art courses at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. “The only way I could convince my parents to let me go was to say I was going into commercial art,” he says. “I didn’t even know what that was!” 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. Deeply affected by the emotions, shifting attitudes and music of the 1960s, the music of 60s icon Bob Dylan often accompanies Hanks as he paints in his studio today. Steve Hanks’ paintings are much more than endearing images of women and children. Rather than conveying a specific message through his paintings, Hanks prefers to explore memories and emotions. “All art is an escape to somewhere you want to be or a feeling you want to have," Hanks says. "People see different things in my paintings because we all have different backgrounds and feelings.” Hanks 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. There’s more magic in them,” he says. Art jurors began recognizing the quality of his work in 1973. Steve Hanks won the Arts for the Parks Marine Art Award of Excellence in 1990 and 1994, and has been one of the Arts for the Parks top 100 artists since 1989. In 1991, Steve Hanks received the National Watercolor Society Merit Award and the National Academy of Western Art awarded him the Gold Medal in 1992. Since 1993, he has been one of U.S. Art Magazine's top ten American artists. When the Pacific Rim show in Seattle, WA decided to open the show up to a wider variety of art in 1999, they selected Steve as Artist of the Year. Steve wasone of five winners selected to the U.S. Art Hall of Fame 2000. He was named as one of the top 25 selling artists in the June, 2002 issue of Decor magazine. The 7th Annual Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children chose Steve as their Feature Artist in 2002.