Brush Fire

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  • My tribute to Mark Rothko

    Brush Fire is part of my new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art. In this image, I explore an untitled work from the American abstract expressionist, Mark Rothko (1903-1970).

    When you see a Rothko in person, it's easy to imagine the big brushes the artist must have used to create the swaths of color across his canvases. As an homage to Rothko’s marvelous technique, I feature a dangling house paint brush loaded with candy apple red paint.

    About the Visionaries series 

    Every museum store in the world carries postcards of their most popular works. I have dozens of these cards featuring every style of painting imaginable.

    In this new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art, I explore the artistry of these painters - marrying their iconic images with both abstract backgrounds and ultra-realistic still life objects to create something entirely new.

    I hope you enjoy them.


  • The original Rothko painting is big - it would have required a great deal of physicality to make. He would have had to use his whole upper body to move the large brush across the canvas to get these effects. Since Brush Fire is on a much smaller scale, I used a little brush and tried to try to mimic the physical arm movements with just my hand and wrist. It was an entertaining challenge to get the right vibe.

    I offer another nod to the artist’s techniques in the abstract background, in which I did employ big brushes and lots of movement, a la Rothko. First, I painted a Rothko-like abstract field, with bright colors and bold strokes. Then I painted a wash over the entire surface to yield a texture that was subtly evocative of the artist’s work. I needed the background to be light enough to not interfere with the foreground subjects and the bold shadowplay.

  • 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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