Exquisite oil paintings depict hands illuminated with warm yellow light

Artist Zarina Situmorang showcases the delicate beauty of hands in her exquisite oil paintings. Inspired by the dramatic light and dark works of Caravaggio, she places pairs of hands against a black background and adds a soft glowing illumination that imbues the composition with gentle tenderness.

This ongoing series of paintings is titled Heat. “I’m mostly inspired by emotions, I want to tell a story with my paintings,” Situmorang told My Modern Met. This is why she gravitates towards representations of hands. Through their many different gestures, she is able to communicate a range of feelings. “I am hypnotized by the hands! They say more than words – you can see the excitement or the sadness just by looking at the hand gestures,” she adds. “They give me the ability to talk about hope, warmth and faith without even showing my face.”

Situmorang enhances his interpretations of hands by harnessing the power of light. Each of his paintings features a solid background, similar to a dark scene. Next, it includes a warm yellow light emanating from the palms of the hands – its mysterious origin casts an overall sense of wonder in the image. “The Heat is inspired by my research on the house – when I was a child, I did not feel safe in the place where I lived,” she explains. “I always said ‘I want to go home’ even though I didn’t have a different safe space. So eventually I found it within me, in my own hands.

You can purchase limited-edition prints and original paintings through Situmorang’s online store, and keep up to date with her latest projects by following her on Instagram.

Artist Zarina Situmorang creates exquisite oil paintings of hands.

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This series, titled Heatdepicts pairs of hands illuminated by bright yellow light.

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She uses hands and light to communicate different emotions and feelings.

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