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Monkey Business

  • These banana acrobatics are chimply marvelous!

    The idea for Monkey Business came from my very own home.

    My wife Sharon and I have seven grandchildren under the age of seven - and when any number of them are running around the house and studio, it is complete and utter monkey business! Plus, my little rascals are big fans of bananas at snack time, so the idea of wiggly little creatures who climb all over everything and eat bananas is entirely familiar to me.

  • Much like the center ring of a big top at the circus, the lighting is front-and-center leaving the background pitch black for drama. I used enough blue-toned light to make the supple fruit skin gleam and the plastic toys shine, but not so much as to wash out the image and make it stark.

    Other details

    As I learned while painting a similar image, Going Bananas [LINK], hot studio lights in Arizona and fresh bananas don’t mix very well. I had to recreate this scene multiple times with new bananas before I got it completed.

    Monkey Business
    was included in a 2012 Southwest Art magazine article on my work: “Richard Hall’s trompe-l’oeil paintings beguile with wit and nostalgia”

  • 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. We fully guarantee our prints, and if there is ever a problem with fading, we will replace it.

    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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