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Cereal Killer

  • Cereal-ously, it’s not knife to open so many boxes at once

    Cereal Killer was the result of a pun volley my wife, Sharon, and I had a few years ago during the heyday of the Dexter TV show. (To see the “cleaver” pun that started us down this path, check out A Salt with A Deadly Weapon.)

    As soon as Sharon said “serial killer,” I could see this visual pun in my mind, using those little boxes of cereal where you would cut open the box and pour the milk right in.

    It was a difficult “undertaking” finding enough of these mini-boxes for the scene as they have been replaced by plastic, pre-packaged bowls.
  • I used spotlighting to play up the drama of the scene and give the painting a movie thriller feel.

    What looks like a rather simple background actually required many layers to get the glowy depth I was seeking. Once I got the handle and spotlight focal point to my liking, I added the shadow for maximum impact.

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    As it turns out, it is really difficult to get a good, clean cut on a small cereal box without squishing the box flat. The result of my failed stabbings were bags of loose cereal mixed together; we ended up eating breakfasts of “mystery cereal’ for months.

    If you are on the squeamish side, you might prefer the companion piece Cereal Killer II. It has the same idea, but instead of a knife, uses an arrow to amplify the comedic effect and cut down on the gore!
  • 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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