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Mission Accomplished

  • A “thank you” to our troops

    On the surface, Mission Accomplished depicts action figures rappelling down the side of a jeep pedal car. But thematically, this image is a salute to our troops - with massive shadows, outsized objects (compared to the soldiers) and the American flag all representing the larger-than-life job our troops do and the big sacrifices they make for our country.

  • Notice that the background of Mission Accomplished is a subtle camouflage pattern. When I painted it, I used abstract art techniques, including using an oversized brush. Upon seeing me use the brush, my wife Sharon said, “What ARE you doing?” I explained to her that I was painting the camo as if it were being painted on the side of a building - using thick, drippy strokes. Once I was done, I mopped up the excess paint with brown paper and then covered the camouflage with another paint layer to soften it.

    Other details

    The pedal car jeep was manufactured in the 1950s and 60s and was a popular toy for parents in the military to buy for their kids. The G.I. Joe figure is vintage, and I had a great time figuring out how he would rappel down this stacked structure I had built.

    After getting the whole set up done, there was something still missing. Of course! The flag! Once I added Old Glory, the scene was perfect to express what I wanted to convey. Notice how if you put your thumb over the flag on the picture, the tenor of the image changes completely.


  • 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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