An Apple a Day is part of my new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art. In this image, I explore the work of the Belgian surrealist René Magritte (1898-1967). Here, I present one of his most famous works, Son of Man (1946).
If you’ve seen The Thomas Crown Affair with Pierce Brosnan, you’ve seen this iconic image of a man with a Granny Smith apple inexplicably floating in front of his face. To keep the surreal tone of the original, An Apple a Day features a postcard replica of the painting with an ultra-realistic still life apple placed “just so” to create the roundest, most dramatic shadow possible.
I have loved Son of Man since I saw a Magritte retrospective at the Marlborough Gallery in London in 1978 - viewing the painting in person was breathtaking for me a young art student.
Every museum store in the world carries postcards of their most popular works. I have dozens of these cards featuring every style of painting imaginable.
In this new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art, I explore the artistry of these painters - marrying their iconic images with both abstract backgrounds and ultra-realistic still life objects to create something entirely new.
The background of An Apple a Day is one that I don’t get to employ often - a light, daytime sky effect that allowed me to incorporate the landscape genre into my work.
The blue painter’s tape and the postcard are painted in the highly realistic trompe l'oeil style - an optical illusion where the object that was painted looks real. In this case, the tape looks like real tape, stuck to the surface.
You can watch me work on this painting in a brief video here: An Apple a Day on Instagram.
To purchase An Apple a Day, please contact the Richard B. Hall studio directly.