" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

October 26, 2012

Bill Stoneham: The Hands Resist Him

' The Hands Resist Him' by Bill Stoneham
I love Clifford Pickover's website 
and I try to see what he has new in store each day. 
When I was there yesterday he had a link to this story -
 The Hands Resist Him
" The Hands Resist Him, also known as The eBay Haunted Painting, is a painting created by Oakland, California artist Bill Stoneham in 1972. 
It depicts a young boy and female doll standing in front of a glass paneled door against which many hands are pressed. 
According to the artist, the boy is based on a photograph of himself aged 5, the doorway is a representation of the dividing line between the waking world and the world of fantasy and impossibilities, while the doll is a guide that will escort the boy through it. 
The titular hands represent alternate lives or possibilities.
The painting became the subject of an urban legend and a viral internet meme in February 2000 when it was posted for sale on eBay along with an elaborate backstory implying that it was haunted."
 See the rest of the story at Wikipedia if you are interested.
An individual who saw the story about the original painting contacted Stoneham about commissioning a sequel to the painting. Stoneham accepted and painted a sequel called  
Resistance at the Threshold. 
Resistance at the Threshold
The sequel depicts the same characters 40+ years later in the same style as the original. Stoneham has entered into an agreement with the current owners of the first painting to sell prints of it in three sizes. 
Threshold of Revelation
 A second sequel, Threshold of Revelation, was completed in 2012 and can be seen on Stoneham's website. "
But what really grabbed my attention was this You Tube video with Bill Stoneham when he talks about his Oracle Deck -
Especially when it gets to the eleven and a half minute mark,
when Bill talked about the Ghost Card.
I like his artwork over at his website too -
Not that I would probably want it hanging in my house though ;-)
Noetic Harvest
 Maybe this one I would hang on my wall though?


Lilith said...

Hi - you mention the prints are available in three sizes. Do you know where I can order/buy one? Thanks!

Brizdaz (Darren) said...

I quoted that from the Wikipedia site,but you can buy prints here -

That link is Bill Stoneham's studio,so you could try contacting him as regards to the print that you are after,if you don't see it there.