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We're Out Of Coffee

  • My tribute to Edvard Munch

    We're Out of Coffee is part of my new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art. In this image, I explore the work of the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944), who was known for his evocative psychological themes. Here, I depict his famous work, The Scream.

    The Scream is such an iconic image - I’ve seen it in person and it is as disturbing and beautiful as you might imagine. In We're Out of Coffee, I recreate an event that makes me feel like the wailing man in the painting; namely, the horror of being out of coffee (or the elixir of life, as it is known in my house).

    About the Visionaries series 

    Every museum store in the world carries postcards of their most popular works. I have dozens of these cards featuring every style of painting imaginable.

    In this new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art, I explore the artistry of these painters - marrying their iconic images with both abstract backgrounds and ultra-realistic still life objects to create something entirely new.

    I hope you enjoy them.

  • I chose a stark, abstract background to complement the subject matter, painted with similar flowy brushstrokes that Munch used in the original. I then misted the painted surface with turpentine and let it drip to add to the drama.

    In the foreground, I incorporated elements of trompe l'oeil to enhance the realism. Trompe l’oeil is a visual illusion where the painted object looks real: Here, the blue tape and torn bit of note paper look as if they have actually been affixed to the surface. (But they haven’t).

    If you are interested, you can watch videos of me painting the tape and the notepaper for We're Out Of Coffee on Instagram. 
  • 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.