Freedom Rider

Medium & Finishing
  • A portrait of patriotic pedaling

    Whether you love a bicycle, a sport bike, or a big V-twin motorcycle, the lure of the open road probably started when you were just a tyke on a trike. Freedom Rider is my homage to the young traveler, complete with a small American flag to celebrate the beauty of America's byways.

  • In addition to a portrait of a lovely old tricycle, Freedom Rider is also a study of shadows and light. Notice how the spokes and the seat spring make a complex, abstract pattern on the wall, providing a dynamic contrast with the highly representational wooden box and trike.

    Other details

    This painting is the first image I made with a tricycle (my wife, Sharon, and I waited for the right one to come along). We found this gem on eBay, made in the 1920s by Velo King -  back when such toys were called “velocipedes.” (I keep forgetting that word and calling them “velociraptors”!) There are remnants of red and green paint left on it, colors used to evoke the popular Italian bicycle races of the day.

    This Velo King sits atop a lovely weathered box that is a favorite of mine. The yellow color is the actual shade of the box; I’ve included this box in other images, changing the color to fit the composition (such as in Snow Days) [LINK].

  • 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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