"Sheer Grace" by Steve Hanks
Limited Anniversary Edition Giclee on Canvas, Unframed
Image Size: 26 X 17 in.
Edition Size: 100
Steve Hanks believed that the pinnacle of art
was the painting of the unclothed figure, what is commonly referred to by the art world as the
nude. There is nothing more challenging for an artist to paint and finding a respectable way to
present the human body was an unending challenge for him.
You’ll notice that nearly every nude Hanks painted is not looking at or beckoning the viewer. You
find them having private, intimate moments in places where they are safe, secure and comfortable:
the bedroom, the bed, the couch or the bath. These are moments of being completely alone, deep in
private thought coming to terms with themselves.
For Steve, the most powerful moments were those when his subject could look so wonderful and
not even be aware of it. As a bell-weather he would use the time he was walking through his
bedroom and caught a glimpse of his wife changing and he thought to himself,” . . . my gosh - she
is so beautiful right now and she doesn’t even realize it.”