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INSPIRATION AND TECHNIQUES OF CONCEPTUAL REALIST PAINTER RICHARD B. HALL

Richard B. Hall creates work that is so realistic that, at times, viewers peer around the side of paintings to see if painted objects like sticky notes and tape have actually been affixed to the canvas. (They haven’t.) 

Yet, almost paradoxically, the artist uses a host of abstract art techniques (from splashing paint on the canvas to spraying turpentine on wet paint), to create his representational paintings. It is this combination of techniques - along with storytelling and stagecraft - that makes Richard’s work beloved by collectors worldwide.

STORYLINE


Behind every Richard B. Hall painting is a story - it might be a funny (or even slightly naughty!) tale, a slice of Americana, or a snapshot of days gone by - but every one of Richard’s works has a narrative. 

Sometimes the title inspires the idea, leading the artist on multi-state buying trips to find the right antique props. Other times, it is a  beautiful old object  or quirky contemporary one that cries out to be memorialized. 

Richard gravitates towards antiques as the stars of his stories, enjoying how the dents and scratches provide a layer of visual interest for the audience He also loves seeing the reactions viewers have to the vintage objects: 

At every art show, he hears cries of “I had one of those when I was a kid!


STAGING THE SCENE


After he has an idea for a story, Richard starts setting up the scene. He considers this part of the process just as important as the painting itself, because if the positioning, balance, and proportion of the setting is “off,” the viewer feels the discord. 

 Richard spends hours - and sometimes days -  setting a scene. In addition to physically moving the objects around, he also uses pencil sketching and computer photo editing tools to try different configurations. 

Once he likes the overall composition, the artist spends an equal amount of time with lighting since shadows are often as important in Richard’s compositions as the objects themselves. (Coffee Monster and Hi Yo Silver are good examples.) 

He blends track lighting, spot lighting, and natural light to achieve his desired effects. Of course, the addition of lighting may prompt Richard to move the  staging a bit and the whole process goes back and forth until he is satisfied.



PAINTING TECHNIQUEs


The overriding aesthetic of Richard’s work is realism - he seeks to offer precise and accurate representations of the subjects he chooses to paint. As a result, he eschews brush strokes or other tactile adornment in his work; instead, opting for a very smooth, lustrous surface texture. 

To achieve this result, he paints dozens of thin layers over the course of several weeks, letting each layer of oil paint dry before moving on. 

It is in this layering process where Richard injects his knowledge of abstract art techniques. Whether it is the edge of razor, cotton swabs, wadded paper, or balls of tape, he uses a variety of tools to accomplish his storytelling. 


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WHAT IS YOUR POLICY ON RETURNS/EXCHANGES/REFUNDS? We are committed to quality and your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.   If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your artwork, you may return it within 14 days of receipt and receive a free replacement or a full refund for the price of the product. The artwork must be returned, undamaged. Return shipping cost is at the customer’s expense; and we ask that you insure the artwork for return.  We cannot accept returns on custom artwork or commissions. WHAT IF MY PRINT ARRIVES DAMAGED? if your print arrives at your door and the box is damaged, please contact me immediately.  Before opening your order, YOU MUST PHOTOGRAPH the damaged package. Then open the package to see if your artwork is damaged. Often, despite damage to the box, the print is in good condition.  However, if it is damaged, please photograph the damage and email me the photo. I will then begin the shipping claim and start your replacement order.  CAN I CANCEL MY ORDER?   Once your order is in production, we may not be able to cancel it.  If you need to cancel or modify your order contact me as soon as possible at richard@richardhallfineart.com HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS A REFUND?   Processing a refund can take up to 7-10 business days.   HOW DO I RETURN MY PACKAGE?   Contact me immediately if there is a problem with your order. I will contact you with instructions to return your package. WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?   You can reach out at any time by email at richard@richardhallfineart.com or call 602-819-7199 FAQ https://richardhallfineart.artstorefronts.com/faq-bay-photouz6nnlrn-yo

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