With Style and Grace
Grace Kelly and the David Wright House
“I would like to be remembered as someone who accomplished useful deeds, and who was a kind and loving person.” - GK
Fine Art Print on Paper with 1" White Border for Easy Framing
Each print is hand-signed by the artist. The 12"x12" print contains a 10"x10" image.
Limited Edition Giclee Print on Canvas with Black Frame, 20"x20"
This special series of 50 Limited Edition Series Prints are exact replicas of the original paintings. They include a certificate of authenticity signed by the printer and the artist, and are hand-signed and numbered. The frame is black and sits 1 1/2" from the wall.
About the Painting:
With Style and Grace is number three of the Frankly Speaking series. This house is called the David Wright House and it is located in Phoenix, Arizona. Frank Lloyd Wright designed this house for his son and daughter-in-law, and it was in the Wright family’s possession until 2010. It was sold and inexplicably slated to be demolished.
After much controversy, an anonymous buyer came forward and purchased the home from the developer who wished to demolish it. The owner is now working to restore the home and grounds, and after the restoration is complete, he/she will gift the property to the David and Gladys Wright House Foundation.
With this series of paintings, inspiration can come from either the house or the model wearing it. In this case, the idea for the hat came first and the hunt for the right model began. Another factor that shapes the finished piece is choosing a title. I will often have the name for the piece before I paint it. When this happens, the title stirs up new ideas and helps me finish the painting.
The name for this piece, With Style and Grace, helped me connect to both the model, Grace Kelly, and to the building. Grace Kelly, or Princess Grace, embodied a natural kind of nobility and the word grace easily conjures up an image of elegance, style and poise.
The backgrounds that I include in my paintings are just as important to me as the subject. My challenge with this series was to find a way to connect the model’s face to the background and trick the viewer into believing that this house could actually be worn as a hat. With this painting, I wanted a sparse, cloudless desert sky to bring a calm to the piece. The driveway leading up to the house reminds me of a pair of welcoming arms ready to offer a hug. It gives the house a sense of flow, much like the curious visitors who come and go.
The desert stands silent and wise, gracefully coexisting with its surroundings, an endless horizon, hinting at a timeless style and Grace.
- Karen Robb
About Grace Kelly (1929-1982)
Vernoica Lake was an American actor who performed in diverse roles, including work with director Alfred Hitchcock. She retired from acting at the age of 26 to fulfill her duties as the Princess of Monaco. Kelly founded a child welfare NGO and was a prolific philanthropist, often contributing to causes anonymously. She recieved Academy awards for her roles in film and theater, and over a dozen medals for her philanthropic activities. She also raised three children. Popular films include To Catch a Thief, The Country Girl, High Society, Rear Window, and High Noon.
“I’ve been accused of being cold, snobbish, distant. Those who know me well know that I’m nothing of the sort. If anything, the opposite is true. But is it too much to ask to want to protect your private life, your inner feelings?” - GK
Prints on Paper
Your fine art print is a Magiclee Verona 250hd smooth cotton fine art print created here in Winnipeg by my professional printer to ensure the closest fidelity to the original. Each print will be hand signed by me, the artist.
Prints on fine art paper include a white border for easy framing, which can also act as a mat. Therefore, your image will be smaller than its total paper size. Border sizes are stated and shown in the photo of each listing.
- Ex: A 12"x12" print contains a 10"x10" image
Giclee Prints on Canvas with Black Frame, Limited Edition
- The Special Series of 50 Limited Edition Prints are exact replicas of the original paintings.
- Limited Edition Canvas Prints include a certificate of authenticity signed by the printer and the artist.
- These prints are also signed and numbered on the back of each canvas by the artist.
- Frames are black and sit 1 1/2" from the wall.
I currently ship within Canada and the Continental United States. Each print is hand packed by me to ensure its safe arrival. Please understand that I am a single artist, working full time, and printing each painting to order, so expect up to three weeks for arrival.
I provide budget-friendly Domestic shipping within Canada, however Canada Post does not provide a tracking number for this method. You will receive a notification from my store when your painting has been shipped.
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Returns and Exchanges
All prints are made to order and signed by me. Unfortunately, I cannot provide returns or exchanges.
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