Stunning Oil Paintings Capture the Warm Glow of Hope Within Hands

Oil Paintings of Hands by Zarina Situmorang

Artist Zarina Situmorang highlights 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 entitled Warmth. “I’m mostly inspired by emotions, I want to tell a story with my paintings,” Situmorang tells My Modern Met. That is why she gravitates towards depictions of hands. Through their many different gestures, she is able to communicate a range of feelings. “I’m mesmerized by hands! They say more than words—you can see excitement or sadness just by looking at hand gestures,” she adds. “They give me an ability to talk about hope, warmth, and faith without even showing face.”

Situmorang enhances her renditions of hands by harnessing the power of light. Each of her paintings features a solid background, similar to a darkened stage. Then, she includes a warm yellow light emanating from the palms of the hands—its mysterious origin casting an overall sense of wonder in the image. “The Warmth series is inspired by my searches of home—when I was a kid, I didn't feel safe at the place where I was living,” she explains. “I was always saying ‘I want to go home' even though I didn't have a different safe space. So eventually I found it in myself, in my own hands.”

You can buy limited edition prints and original paintings via Situmorang's online store, and keep updated on her latest projects by following her on Instagram.

Artist Zarina Situmorang creates exquisite oil paintings of hands.

Oil Paintings of Hands by Zarina SitumorangOil Paintings of Hands by Zarina Situmorang

This series, entitled Warmth, depicts pairs of hands illuminated by a glowing yellow light.

Oil Paintings of Hands by Zarina SitumorangOil Paintings of Hands by Zarina SitumorangOil Paintings of Hands by Zarina Situmorang

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

Oil Paintings of Hands by Zarina SitumorangOil Paintings of Hands by Zarina SitumorangOil Paintings of Hands by Zarina SitumorangOil Paintings of Hands by Zarina SitumorangZarina Situmorang: Website | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Zarina Situmorang.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.
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