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Coffee Monster

  • A self-portrait of the artist before the first morning cup of joe

    Oh sure, I’ve been studying the worlds of sill life and abstract art for 30 years. But the real secret to my success? COFFEE. That roasted caffeinated goodness is what gets me in the studio in the morning and keeps me focused all day.

    Coffee Monster was conceived during a harrowing time in my life when my coffeemaker was broken. (Let us not speak of it again.)
  • All the action of this image occurs on one side and getting the correct balance of Godzilla on the left and the shorter cup on the right was elusive. I knew that dramatic shadow play was imperative to portraying that inner coffee monster with just the right amount of ferocity, but the setting was just not working. Finally, I angled the head toward the cup which created the cohesiveness between the two components that I was seeking.

    You might have noticed that the vibrant palette in Coffee Monster is atypical from the range of colors I normally use. Since the star of this image is a 1980s toy, I wanted my colors to complement the plastic fantastic materials used in the creature. I also chose a slick plastic on which to stage the scene to provide a vehicle for color and crisp reflections.

    The blue painter’s tape and and sticky note are painted in the ultra-realistic trompe l’oeil style, where these elements look so real you might think there was actually tape on the surface of the canvas.

  • 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.