The Fan Club began when the phrase “fan club” popped into my head one day. I was intrigued with the notion of combining antique fans with the abstract notion of celebrity and fandom. But how to combine these two ideas? With a picture of the ultimate celebrity, Marilyn Monroe - whose iconic white dress pose seems made for pairing with vintage metal fans.
The challenge here was to create a retro, black-and-white photographic feel without actually making everything in black-and-white. To achieve this effect, I never used any pure black - all the hues are black mixed with other colors - white, golds, and even purple give the image the dimension I wanted. Also notice the red highlights in the chrome picture frame to catch the reflection of the rose. Marilyn was painting in a highly realistic - almost photorealistic - style, created using dozens of thin layers to achieve the smooth surface quality and gradation of tones.
I included a rose in The Fan Club as a nod to baseball great Joe DiMaggio’s tribute to Marilyn after she died. DiMaggio (who was married to the actress briefly in the 1950s) arranged for a florist to deliver red roses to Monroe’s grave twice a week for 20 years.
The all-metal, potentially finger slicing fans in the image are from the 1950’s. The Speedgraphic camera is from the same era and came complete with lovely intact blue flash bulb.
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
All product and company names are trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of their respective holders. The use of products in artwork by Richard Hall Fine Art is for creative and artistic purposes. The trademark holders are not affiliated with the maker of this product and have not endorsed, sponsored, authorized or licensed this product.
Powered by Shopify