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The Fan Club

  • One of my most challenging works to datece

    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.

    Other details

    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.