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Promise of Creation & Fear of Destruction

Aradani Studios

  • $34.99

Available sizes:

11" x 14" open edition print, both images in a single print (only at shows)
6.5" x 19" open edition print
12" x 32"  signed and numbered, limited edition print (out of 100)

Want to purchase this artwork? Buy it directly from the artist at the following shows:

The Tennessee Renaissance Festival
Ohio Renaissance Festival

About the Pieces:

This piece was commissioned by a collector of mine from the Ohio Renaissance Festival. He wanted them to hang on either side of his office at work. After rewatching Edward Scissorhands (and realizing there is not a single good shot of the hands in the film), I tried to give the piece my own spin.

In the film, the hands come from a machine that is designed to create and cut cookies. And as a man, Edward uses his hands to make wonderful topiaries, ice sculptures, and even some stylish hair cuts. The Promise of Creation represents this aspect of his hands. Round and organic, the hand is meant to invoke more calm and natural shapes. In the background, white snowflakes flutter down, a product of his sculpting.

The Fear of Destruction (I won't say on the other hand) represents the opposite of creation. Even though Edward's hands were designed for creation, they have the potential to do harm. This hand is much more angular and sharp, with 90° corners and much more harsh lines. Dark blood splatters fill the background of this piece, a sharp contrast to bright snowflakes of Promise.


About the Artist:

Paul and his brother Michael opened Aradani Studios in 2002, selling both their artwork and costuming as they travelled all across the US. Paul’s medium of choice is charcoal, a passion he discovered in college. He loves the fluidity of it, the ease of moving it across the page with a simple gesture, and on the flipside, the challenge of it, such a simple gesture can also erase hours of painstaking detail. Paul’s work has won numerous awards around the country, including the prestigious Chesley Award in 2006, for Best Monochrome Unpublished for his piece Nightmare. He currently resides in Nashville, TN, where he, his brother, and sister continue to expand and build their elf ear empire. You can see his artwork at

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