Today, in “untapped art”  I want to share a cursed or haunted piece of art.

Cursed art is untapped right?

It isn’t super common but something that interests many people. I imagine there are people who would buy this painting for the story alone.

This weekend is Halloween, so cursed art makes sense, right?

The piece I found intrigued me in more ways than one. “The Hands Resist Him” started out as a childhood photograph but quickly turned into something more sinister. 



Bill Stoneham is the artist responsible for this piece. As I stated, it was based on a childhood photograph.

Stoneham’s first wife had written him a poem called “Hands Resist Him,” about Stoneham’s experience of being adopted and never having the privilege of knowing his biological siblings.

That poem ultimately became his inspiration for the art piece. 

What makes this painting cursed? Is it the many hands pictured behind the young man and the doll?

According to Stoneham, he used the hands to portray possibility. As creepy as those hands can appear, there is more to this story. 

Between 1978 and 1984, three of the men closest to “The Hands Resist Him” died: art critic Henry Seldis in 1978,Charles Feingarten, the gallery owner who first put the painting on display in 1981, and actor John  Marley, who first purchased the painting, in 1984—although he actually sold the painting before he passed.

That seems creepy enough, right? Nope. There’s more!


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According to Daily Dot the painting resurfaced on eBay with a bone chilling description.

The eBay seller stated “WHEN WE RECEIVED THIS PAINTING, WE THOUGHT IT WAS REALLY GOOD ART, AT THE TIME WE WONDERED A LITTLE WHY A SEEMINGLY PERFECTLY FINE PAINTING WOULD BE DISCARDED LIKE THAT. ( TODAY WE DON’T !!! ) ONE MORNING OUR 4 AND 1/2 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER CLAIMED, THAT THE CHILDREN IN THE PICTURE WERE FIGHTING, AND COMING INTO THE ROOM DURING THE NIGHT.”

In an attempt to disprove this “unwarranted fear”, the father decided to set up a motion sensor camera to put his daughter at ease.

Instead, he saw the boy crawl from the painting.



Bill Stoneham still receives many messages about the unease this painting brings people.

Tell us what you think? Could this piece accidentally be cursed?

Stoneham didn’t do anything with ill intentions. In fact, the painting was supposed to be impactful, but with positivity.

This painting isn’t one of an evil person nor does it depict a “negative” event like a prison escape, so what caused this painting to have such a curse?

It isn’t based on a horror movie like ‘Scream’ so what happened? Is it truly just a coincidence?

Regardless of what you believe, the stories attached to this painting, in my opinion, just add to the value of the art.

That said, I wouldn’t be brave enough to display this in my home.

How about you?


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