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Top Dog

  • Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away

    For all of you who love flying, I present Top Dog.

    This homage to soaring through the clouds began when I found this 1950s toy airplane. From the side, this plane was kind of nondescript, so I suspended it flat so that the nifty foldable wings would be visible. Once I had the aircraft displayed, it became a quest to see how many other flying references I could make, including: The spinning top (“top dog”), the countdown blocks, aces (“flying aces”), rockets, and even Snoopy as the WWI Flying Ace.

  • The background of Top Dog was made with abstract art techniques. Adding blasts of abstraction into traditional still life compositions allows me to give the realism collector something different. Here, to get the perfect aged wood look, I painted the background with a light undercoat, topped this layer with a darker grey wash, and then laid brown paper on top of the canvas. When I peeled back the paper, I was left with the weathered-looking base. I then used a pocket comb to add wood grain texture, and finally painted in nail holes and the gaps between the boards.

    Other details

    My neighborhood in post-war England was built in an old bombing squadron base; in fact, my childhood home was the former officer’s mess. As a result, I love the nostalgia around mid-20th century aircraft.

    The toy plane featured in Top Dog  is die-cast metal, made by the Hubley company in the 1950s.
  • 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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