Artist Creates Mesmerizing, Hyper-Realistic Portraits Using Paint And His Hands

The artist is the first to paint a picture on the palm of his hand then “stamp” it onto a canvas.

Credit: Russell Powell

A California-based artist named Russell Powell has earned admiration from individuals around the world for championing an innovative technique called “hand-stamping.” Just like it sounds, it involves him painting incredibly detailed portraits on his hand, then “stamping” it onto a canvas or sheet of paper. The mixture of traditional portraiture and experimental body art is mesmerizing, to say the least.

As MyModernMet reports, Powell must first paint a portrait on his hand then transfer it to the intended medium before it dries. The technique allows Powell to combine two of his favorite artistic interests — portrait art and body painting. A lesser-recognized benefit to the method is the unique aesthetic, as every piece of art is entirely one-of-a-kind. In fact, it gives a whole new meaning to “putting yourself into everything you create,” as the lines of his palm are strewn with the colors and shades of a subject’s face.

If you look closely, you’ll see his fingerprints embedded in the colorful portraits. Find more of the artist’s handiwork on his Instagram.

Following are some of his best works:

Credit: Russell Powell

Credit: Russell Powell

Credit: Russell Powell

Credit: Russell Powell

Credit: Russell Powell

Credit: Russell Powell

Credit: Russell Powell

Credit: Russell Powell

Credit: Russell Powell

Credit: Russell Powell

Credit: Russell Powell

Credit: Russell Powell

Credit: Russell Powell

Credit: Russell Powell

Credit: Russell Powell

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