Sweet Tooth

    • Keeping dentists employed - one sugary treat at a time!

      Yes, I’ll admit it: I have been known to consume a confection on occasion. (And by “occasion,” I mean daily.)

      In Sweet Tooth, I present a delectable rainbow of candy, cookies, and donuts. These sweet treats are accompanied by a set of wind-up joke dentures--It looks like they’ve already dug in!
    • Sweet Tooth is all about texture and light, all of which are key components of traditional still life realism. Notice how the glass shines and the shelf reflects. You can almost taste the puff of the donuts and the crumble of the cookies.

      To achieve these effects, I use classic still life techniques--the same as those practiced by the Dutch Masters over 400 years ago--including painting the background with many thin layers to build up depth in color and shading. These methods yield rich visuals regardless of subject matter, even for plastic teeth and lollipops!

      You can see me working on the pink donut in a video I’ve posted on Instagram:  Sweet Tooth on Instagram.

      Other details

      There is a candy store near my studio that I like to wander around for inspiration. It has shelves and bins of bulk candies and always whets my imagination (and by imagination, I mean appetite). I selected these candies because of their textures and bright colors. The jawbreakers (called “gobstoppers” by us Brits) looked particularly inviting.

      Once I saw all the candy, I knew I would be adding the plastic teeth to round out the composition - fortunately I have several pair in the studio for just such an occasion!

    • 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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