Day at the Races
An award-winning portrait of antique horse toys
Day at the Races was born when I realized how many lovely old horses my wife, Sharon, and I had amassed. Big ones, small ones - all of these are so beautiful to me with their carved details and weathered surfaces. This piece is one of my favorite works.
I was pleased to see that others appreciated Day at the Races, too. It was a national finalist in the Still Life category at the Art Renewal Center 2013-2014 International ARC Salon.
- The key to this image is providing the sensation of texture - you know what rough wood feels like, you know what painted wood feels like, so it was essential that I get these wood surfaces absolutely right so that the tactile information you get from your eyes rings true. The goal was to have people feel like they could step right into this scene.
I used abstract art painting techniques for the surface of the boxes, particularly on the green one, to give the weathered appearance I wanted. Lighting is from the lower right, set with enough intensity to create the crisp, interesting shadows on the back wall.
The horses range in age; the oldest one is in the very back and is a pedal horse from 1919. (You can see more of this toy in Horsecycle . Others are the little carousel horse (the one with the great shadow) and balancing toys.
I sold the original painting of Day at the Races to a woman whose father used to take her to the races as a child. He’d say to her: “Let’s have a day at the races!” I can’t tell you how heartwarming it feels to be able to trigger a happy memory in someone with my work.
- 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.