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The Hands Resist Him

Created in 1972 by artist Bill Stoneham, “The Hands Resist Him” painting depicts a 5 year old Bill standing in a doorway with a large doll next to him. Pressed up against the panes of glass in the doorway, are several sets of hands. From 1974 to 1984, three people associated with the painting passed away.  A child of an owner of the painting said the characters in the painting would come into her room at night as reported by the BBC in 2002. Some have said just viewing the painting have made them physically ill.  The painting became famous after being sold on eBay in 2000 and now resides at the Smith’s Gallery in Grand Rapids, MI.

The Hands Resist Him by Bill Stoneham