Ol Yell'er

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  • An iconic image of the American heartland

    Ol Yell’er features a vintage tractor pedal car, a lovely memento of a time when farm kids pretended to till the fields like dad and city kids dreamed of the country.

    Much of my body of work features tongue-in-cheek humour  or zany contraptions, but Ol Yell’er is different. This Western Flyer tractor toy, with all its well-earned scratches and dings, wasn’t part of a story, it was the story - all by itself.

  • I surrounded the tractor with natural wood, as if the toy was parked in a shed or workshop. I built the backdrop from pallets that I pulled apart, making sure to have the imperfections from use show in the scene.

    The tractor rests on an antique box, the kind found in every shed decades ago. I am particular about the boxes that I use in my work - a box has to be very special for me to take up valuable canvas space to depict it. Here, I’ve included the box as a metaphor for the way we adults put away our sense play and adventure as we age (though we probably shouldn’t).


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    This model of tractor pedal car was manufactured between the 1940s and the 1970s. I found this one at an antique fair in Canton, Texas and had to have it. (Though it would have been better had I found it at the end of my shopping trip, because it weighs a ton.)

    When I was a kid in England, I didn’t have a pedal tractor; instead, I had to make do with an orange crate with baby buggy wheels. People at art shows who see this print tell me similar stories - either they had a toy like this as a child or they didn’t have one, wanted one desperately, and still remember the name of the neighbor who did have one! I hear the latter part of that tale from women especially who wanted the toy tractor to tootle around in, but were given dolls instead.

  • 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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