HOW A SNEAKY TWO-YEAR-OLD CHANGED MY ENTIRE CAREER
For over 40 years, I have enjoyed a successful career in fine art, exploring the opposing worlds of abstract art and traditional still life. But chance intervened when a mischievous toddler added her two-cents worth to one of my still life settings, prompting me to see my work in an entirely new way.
AN ARTIST, INSPIRED
The incident occurred in 2010 when I walked into my studio and found that my precisely constructed still life setup of vintage hand tools had been augmented by a plastic dump truck and driver, carefully placed “just-so” in the middle of the scene. The unintended art critique, my two-year old granddaughter, made me laugh out loud!
Intrigued by the juxtaposition between the weathered tools and the bright plastic, I tinkered with the display until I got the idea for The Great Escape – wherein a brave dump truck driver starts a Rube Goldberge-esque process in motion to rescue his toolbox-imprisoned friends.
“My wife Sharon and I laughed the whole time I was designing the scene,” says Richard. “It was such fun to tell a story in this way.”
Breaking the rules
Since I was already “breaking the rules” for appropriate still life subject matter, I decided to step even further outside the genre by incorporating an abstract background. The artistic union was complete: still life precision, abstract art vibrancy, and my cheeky British humor – all in one painting.
I assumed that my collectors wouldn’t be interested in The Great Escape, fearing they would find the lighthearted subject matter to be frivolous. I was in for a big surprise when the painting sold before the varnish was even dry.
Since this time, I have been offering my work to collectors nationwide who enjoy this technique and laugh-out-loud wordplay.
“I’ve had people burst into tears when they see a painting that triggers a memory and also had people burst into laughter when they see the humor in an image,” “Knowing that people have such a personal reaction to the work is the best part of my career.” -Richard Hall
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