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The Ringmaster

  • A metaphor about the effort it takes to keep our lives in balance

    Ever feel like your life is a three-ring circus? This image is an ode to the struggle to juggle that we all face from time to time: The raven is holding three rings, and one little movement will cause the whole thing to become unsteady, or even collapse.

  • This scene was a challenge to create; I modeled several of the components out of foam to make it work. I also researched hundreds of stock photos to find the perfect pose for the bird.

    The composition is very dark in order to enhance the drama - this bird is balancing on a high wire after all! To give the background a rich depth, I used no black paint. Instead, what you are seeing is layer after layer of translucent color - blues, greens, and dark reds.

  • Other details

    The toys featured range from the 1950s to contemporary; the blocks feature 3-2-1 to signify the idea of a three-ring circus in a different way.
  • 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.

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