Chris Cran at TrépanierBaer – Talk to the Hand
On view now and for sale at TrépanierBaer is a rare, major Chris Cran painting from the early 90s titled Gesture #5 (1992) from his sold-out series known as the Hand Gesture Paintings.
Measuring over six feet tall and five feet wide, this arresting painting depicts the inside of a hand with its fingers and palm slightly curved inwards. The half-tone figurative image emerges from a series of vertical stripes and dots, that create the illusion of the undulating folds of a curtain.
Is the hand in front of the pattern of lines and dots or behind it? Does the hand wave to viewer, as a gesture of greeting or parting? Does the hand suggest that the viewer should stop and stand in place and proceed no further? Or does does the hand cheekily suggest that the viewer should address themselves to it, and no one or nothing else? These interpretations, and any others you may have, are gladly entertained. But don’t take our word for it: come and see the painting for yourself!
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Hand Gesture #5, 1992
Oil and acrylic on canvas
80” x 60”