An award-winning image - exhibited in New York City and Barcelona
The original painting of Ready for Takeoff was a well-traveled piece of art. I entered it into the 2015-16 Art Renewal Center International Salon, where it won Honorable Mention. As a result of the award, the painting was exhibited at the Museum of Modern European Art in Barcelona, Spain and the famed Salmagundi Art Club in New York City.
When I saw this delightful 1941 aeroplane pedal car, I knew that no staid, static setting would do. This vehicle deserved action! (Or at least imminent action.) So I constructed a scene as if was designed by a thrill-seeking youngster: stacks of old tool boxes, a ramp at a precarious angle, and a flight-worthy vehicle restrained by one thin piece of twine and a slip knot.
I believe that one of the keys to the popular reception of this image is the textural qualities portrayed. From the burnished fuselage of the toy to the glossy painted wheels to the scuffed wood, you have a sense of a tactile reaction to the subjects, even though you are experiencing the work with only your eyes.
Crisp, double shadows add to the drama and help create a sense of tension and anticipation - exactly what a young daredevil would feel as they set up this launch site.
The plane featured in Ready for Takeoff is a charming Pursuit Pedal Plane from 1941. When pedaled, the propeller turns!
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.
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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