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College Fund

  • Celebrating NYC’s iconic
    yellow taxis              

    I had this wonderful vintage pedal taxi in my collection for almost a year, but couldn’t find the spark for a story to tell about it - until one snowy day in New York, the story found me.

    In January, 2016, I was visiting Manhattan when a major snowstorm blanketed the region. The snow was remarkable, shutting down the city and airports for days. When the weather finally cleared enough for me to head home, I hailed a cab for the airport.

    The cabbie was friendly, chatting the whole time we crawled along the icy roads. He told me how he had a big jar at home where he put all his tips to save a college fund for his children - and just like that, I could see the whole composition for The College Fund, complete with a coin-filled jar. 

    This painting will be featured in The Rehs Gallery ARC Select Show in NYC, beginning Oct. 22, 2016
    The taxi pedal car is from the 1950s - 60s, complete with the logo and fare stickers you see here. The suitcase is one of the vintage, leather-covered jobs from the same time period. (Fun fact: I used this suitcase as a model for the tiny one on top of the station wagon in Grand Vacation.

  • While all big cities have taxis, the yellow cab is part of the very fabric of what makes New York unique. As a nod to this cultural phenomenon, I put an ethereal Manhattan skyline in the upper left of the background, to add just a whisper of the Big Apple for ambiance.

    To create the skyline, I first painted it in with dark, black strokes. I then covered it with paint, adding layers until the appearance was hazy and dreamlike.

  • 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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