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Playing With Fire

  • Where there’s smoke, there’s ...well, you know.

    Featuring a hose, matches, and gas and oil cans, Playing with Fire is my most popular print with firefighters and their families.

    I got the spark of inspiration for this image when I saw this marvelous Fisher-Price fire truck pull toy from the 60s. When pulled, the eyes move and the bell rings! I also couldn’t resist including a small Dalmatian toy as well. Let me ash you a question: Did you notice that some of the matches are burned?

  • Even though Playing with Fire features plastic toys from the 20th century, I painted the image with the classic still life techniques practiced by the Dutch Masters over 400 years ago. These techniques include painting the background with many thin layers to build up depth in color and shading, and ensuring for all subjects that the textures are rich and the shadows are crisp.

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    Playing with Fire was included in a 2012 Southwest Art magazine article on me and 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.

    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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