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Vice Squad

  • The perfect gift for members of law enforcement

    Late night was when the drama went down, see? The big cheese bootlegger thought he and his band of toughs were above the law. They were raking in the dough in that ratty dive, but I cracked the case wide open and hauled ‘em all off in bracelets.

    (As you can see, I was channeling the pulp fiction detective story of the 50s when I set the scene for Vice Squad.)

    Film noir aside, I came up with this idea after moving some of my many props into a storage unit. I had stashed all my vintage vises on a shelf, and when I saw them all lined up, “vice squad” popped into my head. From there, it was great fun to add other elements of vice, law enforcement, and the windup Dick Tracy patrol car.

  • I started the background with abstract scribbles and blobs of paint reminiscent of a graffiti-covered wall. I then painted over it until just the faintest trace was visible. The hardest thing to paint was the playing cards, it took several layers to get the white sufficiently opaque with the edges crisp.

    Given the theatrical nature of the subject, I employed bright, stark lighting to increase the drama. The shadows are as important as the objects in this composition.

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    This painting was such fun to paint - I enjoyed myself with it so much that I documented each step of its creation. You can see its progression on Instagram (scroll through the posts).
  • 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.