Adam “knew” Eve


This interpretation of Adam begins a series of Sumi ink portraits by Stephen Hall (Shall) of no one in particular. Just as no two people have the same finger prints, the story lines and crow’s feet marking our faces are likewise unique. It is through these few life lines that Shall gives personality to the face. —J. S.

Adam, sumi ink on archival paper, 8″ x 10″

“Even though these portraits are not of any particular person, I didn’t want to just number them for a title. So, I decided to begin with the recorded history of humanity and name the ink drawings based on the genealogical lists found in Genesis and The First book of Chronicles of the Old Testament.”