Instead of painting directly on paper, Russell Powell paints realistic portraits directly on his hand, an unconventional surface, with oil, paint, then using it as a stamp letting his palm-line become part of the piece.
American artist Russell Powell has spent thousands of hours perfecting his signature hand-stamp technique. Beautifully detailed works are painted first on the palm of his hand and then stamped onto Hahnemuehle paper, creating a one-of-a kind mono-print. Powell calls his world unique technique “hand stamping”.
His artworks mostly involve portraits with landscapes or wild animals incorporated, thus reflecting the deep and intimate relationship of human and nature. Russell Powell decided to include his own body into the process of creation. The natural texture of Russell’s hand adds the unique signature to the painting and doesn’t sacrifice the quality or detail. Through his art, the artist tells us that we don’t always have to follow the rules, especially when we’re working creatively.