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Bank Balance

  • This clever acrobat is right on the money

    Bank Balance features a high-wire act balancing perilously atop some cold, hard cash.

  • I don’t often paint all-black backgrounds. They are difficult to execute, but OH! what a dramatic effect a backdrop like this one gives - just like a center-ring circus performance where the crowd is holding their breath in anticipation.

    I start by painting the entire surface black and then carefully add layers of black mixed with other shades to create the shadows in the background.

    The coins and bills inside the jar were painted with a softer hand instead of tight realism. I dry-brushed highlights and lowlights to create the look of money that is slightly distorted behind thick vintage glass.

    You can see me setting up the scene for Bank Balance on my Instagram page: Bank Balance by Richard Hall.

    Other details

    The balancing toy is a “Whirling Wilmer” from the 1920s. His pointy toe can balance on many odd surfaces, even a dime! The truck is somewhere between 30 and 50 years old. The actual toy says “BAKERY” on the side, so I changed the image in the painting to offer more wordplay.

    I’ve created a companion piece for Bank Balance featuring our same intrepid tightrope walker balanced on mouth-watering pastries: Cake Walk. Notice that the two images face each other so you can hang them as a pair.

  • 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. 

    Please Note: On paper prints, “Size" refers to the outside dimension of the mat. The actual images are smaller and matted to the size listed to fit a standard frame.