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The Good Look: November 15, 2011

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 | 10:54am

­ I have had many inquires on various pieces of artwork on the show so this blog entry is devoted to what we call "wall dressing. " There has been artwork created by our staff scenic artists as well as work I have purchased from individual artists. Unlike procuring art for private clients there are many specific issues I take into account when selecting artwork for the screen. Foremost, it has to be appropriate to the character and the environment. The color palette plays a huge role as well as if the artwork contains patterns or images that will vibrate. I am always thinking of the piece, and how it will look with an actor's head in front of it – don't want it to be a visual that will detract from the scene but as always support the script and entire look of the show.

There is a large painting of mountains (I believe) on the wall behind Alicia's desk in her new office. It is so dramatic. Can you tell me who the artist is and also does he or she sell prints of the painting?
The artist of that powerful work and two others I have hanging in the new part of Lockhart & Gardner are by Vu Nguyen. In this case I did select a strong image but it works in the space and is a great backdrop. You can see Vu's work and contact him directly at

I have noticed some iconic Chicago images in many of the sets. Interesting way to portray Chicago! Are they all by the same artist? I have seen some in Carey's new office – the corncob towers I think?? Also saw some in Peter Florrick's office. Can you tell me about the artist and or artists?
Noelle Giddings is an artist who I work with specifically on Chicago iconic buildings, which I have featured in our government offices. They instantly provide the Chicago imagery that reads so well. We have selected a number of buildings such as The Corncob Towers, The Navy Pier, and Wrigley Field. Noelle spent 15 years as a comic book artist for DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse Comics. She is currently creating cleared art for The Good Wife and other film and television projects. Noelle's work can be seen at

In Alicia's office I got a glimpse of a painting that seems so intriguing. It is a series of stairs and the coloring really struck me. It almost looks like a sunset. Would greatly appreciate knowing who the artist is. Thank you for sharing all of these interesting details about set decoration.
That painting is by a Boston based artist, Glenda Tall. It is a part of her Cuba series and that painting is number 5 in the series. I thought it really portrayed Alicia's changing character for Season three. In addition to original paintings Glenda creates gicleee's of her work which are high-resolution reproductions done on a special large format printer. Giclees are produced from digital scans of artwork and can be printed on any number of media, from canvas to watercolor paper to vinyl, to transparent acetates. Giclees are a way of purchasing real art in a more cost effective way. Glenda's work is available at

There is a large abstract painting at the entrance to Alicia and Eli Gold's new offices. Can you tell me anything about the artist and where they are located? Thank you for taking the time to give so much great information.
It is a lovely abstract piece by a local artist named Ellen Hallie Schiff. When I was shopping on Long Island last season I saw her work hanging in a store and was so impressed I contacted her. We held on to the painting and tried it on a number of sets before it landed in the perfect place at Lockhart & Gardner. You can contact Ellen at

In Peter Florrick's office there is a photo of the Chicago waterfront that looks fantastic. So curious who the artist is – please advise.
That magnificent photo is the work of Joseph Lekas. He has created an entire collection of photos portraying Chicago, Boston, New York, Vegas, London and more. His process is quite complicated but the results jump with neon like quality. I subscribe to the same theory Joseph expresses on his website

"The world around us is a far more uniquely interesting place than most people today seem to credit it. Today, cell phones, the Internet, and hand-held devices are taking the lead in distracting us from what is right before our eyes. In an ever-changing society of fast paced change and rapid desperation for entertainment, one must shed aside the constant subjection to diversions and keenly look around. Sometimes, what you find, be it under a magnifying glass or larger than life, will surprise you in ways that turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."