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Just Fell Off the Turnip Truck

    • No, of course you haven’t.

      The phrase “just fell off the turnip truck” is an American saying that I had not heard growing up in the U.K. I looked it up and learned that the phrase was popularized by Johnny Carson in his Tonight Show monologues from the the 1960s through the 90s.

      Regardless of how the phrase originated, it made for wonderful subject matter! Turnips are lovely root vegetables with a knobby shapes and pinky purple hues - a delight for any still life painter to tackle.

      Just Fell off the Turnip Truck was the first image where I combined veggies with toy trucks. I’ve had great fun with pairings like this ever since.
    • The composition of Just Fell off the Turnip Truck is designed to make the turnips the star of the show. The somber tones of the vintage toy truck and the background allow the front-lit veggies to practically glow - drawing the eye in and over the scene, ultimately landing on the poor turnip off that fell off the truck. Your gaze ends right at the punch line.

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      Just Fell off the Turnip Truck was included in the 2012 Southwest Art article on my work: “Richard Hall’s trompe-l’oeil paintings beguile with wit and nostalgia”.

      In the same way that Brits might not get the humor of this image, I find that another one of my prints, Old Truck with Leeks  is unfamiliar to most of the Americans I meet. Apparently, leeks are not ubiquitous in American kitchens like they are in the UK; most Americans think the image has scallions in the truck bed - and “Old Truck with Scallions” doesn’t have quite the same ring.

  • 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.