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The Surveyor

    • An inquisitive raven surveils the mythic realm

      Ravens have long been found in the mythology of many cultures--they are often portrayed as envoys of the supernatural, relaying messages from the gods to mankind and back again. In The Surveyor, I wanted to explore the raven’s otherworldly role by featuring a lone bird perched atop a surveying tool and tripod, scanning a surreal landscape.

    • Composition details

      The background of The Surveyor is quite a departure for me, harkening back to both my landscape and my abstract art days. I wanted the final effect to be ethereal, so I obscured the sky and trees with bold overwash techniques to provide the background with a ghostly glow.

      Perhaps the most difficult challenge with the background was related to the original canvas’s size, which was 42" x 60". With an area this large, it becomes difficult to control a paint wash: too aggressive of a splash or spritz could obliterate the underlying scene.

      If you would like to see me paint the background and other aspects of The Surveyor, I invite you to check out my videos on Instagram, where I filmed the painting as I went along: The Surveyor by Richard Hall.

      Other details

      The surveying tool is called a theodolite--a precision device with a rotating telescope used to measure angles. I found this theodolite, mounted on a painted white tripod, in an antique store in Texas. If you have followed my work, you know I cannot resist a nifty tool, especially one that is this eye-catching.

    • 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.