Duck Tape is one of my earlier wordplay works where I was beginning to explore visual punning. Even though I have since created more complex images, I still love this image for its range of textures and ultra-realistic touches.
I kept the lighting bright in the foreground and dim in the back to draw focus to the surface qualities of the subjects. It is the glint of light off the painted wood and rubbery tapes that enhance this visual-tactile sense, where you see the image but can practically feel it in your fingertips. For further visual interest, I twisted the masking tape at the top into an origami-like duck shape.
The decoy is a real antique, not a replica, found in the same antique store where I bought my very first toy truck to paint. (That antique store has been very good to me.) Although there are skillful reproductions of decoys available, I believe that having this object with its real, time-worn patina gave me the ability to create a painting with more depth.
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 12” sizes; edition of 125 for 20” x 20”. 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.
For 35 years, Richard Hall enjoyed a successful career in fine art, using his talents to explore the opposing worlds of abstract art and traditional still life. But chance intervened when a mischievous toddler added her two-cents worth to one of Richard’s still life settings, prompting Richard to see his work in an entirely new way. READ MORE
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