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Sky High

  • Let your imagination take wing

    Sky High captures childhood dreams of aerial dogfights and ace pilot glory in this intricate composition of metal toy planes, flying gear, aero pulp fiction, and Snoopy in his beloved flyboy persona.
  • Key to this painting is the abstract industrial background, designed to evoke the aged concrete outbuildings of an abandoned WWII airport. (I grew up in Lincolnshire, England next to one of these relics and still recall it vividly.)

    I created the graffiti-like background by scratching random letters into the base paint with the paint, using the paint tube like a drawing stick to scrape the surface as I went. I also splashed and dragged paint along the surface and then blotted the whole thing with brown paper to achieve a glassy finish. A smooth background surface was essential because having any texture here would prevent me from making the highly-detailed objects in the foreground.

    The blue painter’s tape is painted painted in the ultra-realistic trompe l’oeil style, where these elements look so real you might think there was actually tape on the surface of the canvas. On the tape is a phrase from Shakespeare: “My soul is in the sky.”

    Other details

    I have many toy planes in my prop collection. I think about a scene for days, then go to my storage unit to select the toys and ephemera that will be in the scene. It can then take me two or three days to stage the scene - making a shelf (as I did for this painting), hanging up the toys, taking down the toys, moving everything around, setting the lights, and repeating until I’m satisfied. Sometimes, I realize after several days that I have to remove the piece I was fondest of to make the composition work.
  • 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.