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  • An image of contrasts, Inspired by Greek mythology

    Atonement is inspired by the Greek myth, “Coronis.” In this story, a white raven is left to guard one of the god Apollo’s lovers. When the bird fails in his undertaking, an enraged Apollo scorches the bird, turning him black. According to the myth, ravens are black to this day as a result.

    In this image, the raven seeks atonement for his misdeeds - the white feather by his tail is a reminder of what used to be. The raven’s act of contrition will be to free the caged bird - all he has to do is pull the string to set the events into motion.

  • I wanted Atonement to be a painting of contrasts: black and white, right and wrong, good and evil. To amplify this theme, I used both a highly representational style for the birds and cage juxtaposed with a wildly abstract background.

    To make sure the background had the right vibe, I would work on it and then place the canvas behind the actual scene. The end result is due to multiple iterations of this paint, place, and revise cycle.

    Other details

    Atonement accompanied the 2012 Southwest Art article on my work: “Richard Hall’s trompe-l’oeil paintings beguile with wit and nostalgia”.

  • All Richard Hall prints are limited edition and hand-signed and numbered by the artist.

    All of our prints are finished with a coating that protects the print and enhances light-fastness; we use the highest quality pigmented inks with an estimated lifetime of 118 years.

    Canvas giclées: Edition of 50 (for all sizes), signed and numbered on the back of the piece. Archivally mounted or stretched and hand-coated with protectant. Framed canvas giclées are hand-framed in our studio with an espresso-colored frame with gold-tone lip. Unframed canvas giclées should not be framed with glass.

    Paper giclées: Edition of 250 for 12” x 16” sizes; edition of 125 for 18” x 24”. Printed on high-quality, acid-free paper and comes with a hand-cut mat that fits into a standard-size frame. We recommend that you use a frame with glass to ensure longevity of your paper print. 

    Please Note: On paper prints, “Size" refers to the outside dimension of the mat. The actual images are smaller and matted to the size listed to fit a standard frame.

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