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Sealed with a kiss

  • Pucker up! This print is seal-ed
    with a kiss!

    As you may know about me, I enjoy a bit of wordplay in my artwork. Here, I take the standard American phrase “sealed with a kiss” and render it in a literal way, with a vintage seal toy, a candy kiss, and blocks that spell “S.W.A.K.”

    I say that this is an American phrase because in England, the saying is “S.W.A.L.K.” - sealed with a LOVING kiss. My wife, Sharon, told me that if I included an “L,” no one in the U.S.A. would know what I was talking about!

  • S.W.A.K. was painted with the classic still life techniques that would be at home with the Dutch Masters of 400 years ago. The background was made with numerous thin layers, the shadows are defined, and the textures of the subjects are rich.

    Other details

    Our marine mammal star of this print is the Suzy Seal pull toy from the late 1970s. She has a wooden body with plastic balloon wheels. The blocks that spell the title is a nod to my childhood fondness for word jumble games.

  • 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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