Hand painting

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‘Hand painting’, painting directly with the bare hand, has been an old painting tool since the discovery of art and existence of early man, probably the most important part of the human body for creating visible images by cave age man. The hand has been used directly in various forms of expressions and it supersedes all other creative tools known to man. The researcher sought to further expand the expressions made using hand as tool direct for painting taking inspiration from old VW beetles to document these old important cars, which are rapidly fading away due to the production of new models. The researcher’s interest in bare hand application of paint reflects an old African traditional tool and a major player in indigenous African art culture in contemporary expressions. The direct hand application has proven to be an excellent means of executing paint on canvas and the expressions produced give effects comparable to other known tools. This affability of the hand with using acrylic paint as medium for painting has not been fully explored; it is for this reason that the researcher sought to make people especially artists, art tutors and art connoisseurs, come to appreciate this important tool for applying paint. The hand has also been revealed as an important painting tool that has been used by some contemporary artists of which most artists in Ghana have not yet 4 recognized and experimented with. The researcher visited Sirigu a village in the Navrongo District in the Upper East Region of Ghana, where traditional mural paintings are done on buildings involving the direct use of the hand in executing these magnificent murals. The purpose of the field work was to acquire first hand information from traditional artists on hand painting. The knowledge gained has enriched and made this research possible.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Painting and Sculpture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Fine Arts in Painting, 2003