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Icy Conditions

  • These playful penguins are having snow much fun

    Icy Conditions was inspired by this beautiful Marx truck - I saw this ‘cool’ old toy and had to have it for the studio. And what better to accompany a toy ice truck but delightful wind-up penguins, each taking a turn at sliding down the ice.

  • To play up the penguin theatrics (and make the ice really glisten), I used a spotlight effect, lighting the scene as if it were a stage. Such lighting produces the dramatic shadows and glossy reflections. In the back, I have a hand-drawn road sign using my favorite yellow sticky notes. The note and the blue tape afford a touch of trompe l’oeil, an optical illusion that makes the eye see a painted object as if it were really there.

    Other details

    The truck was made by Louis Marx and Company, a toy manufacturer that operated from 1919 to 1978. The truck featured in Icy Conditions is c. 1940. The tin penguins are from the 1930s.

  • 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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