I have always loved John Hall's hyper realism paintings of everyday objects in electric colours.
I showed Hall's work often when I was the Director/Curator of the Muttart Public Art Gallery in the late '80s and early '90s. After I left the Muttart I was fortunate enough to add one of Hall's artworks to our collection - ironically it is titled "Tourist IV."
Who knew two decade later I would be blogging as the Everyday Tourist? Who had even heard of blogging the late '90s. It is hung in our breakfast nook and is a part of our meals everyday.
A recent trip to Kelowna allowed me to see Hall's retrospective at the Kelowna Art Gallery and not have to wait until it comes to Calgary in January 2017. It was enlightening to see the how Hall's work has evolved, how he as incorporated everyday objects and events into his work, yet maintained a consistent vision of the everyday world we share, be that in Calgary, Kelowna or San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Having been in Mexico City, last Fall really helped me appreciate Hall's ability to capture sense of the everyday experience of urban living in a different culture. I have always felt a kinship with Hall's work, but never really understood why as I am not a big fan of realism.
I now realize that we share the same fascination with collage of the everyday objects in everyday living.
I hope you will enjoy this photo essay of Hall's retrospective which includes some of the artworks and all of the didactic panels. I have decided to not include the titles of the artworks as I think they can speak for themselves.
John Hall: Travelling Light A forty-five-year survey of paintings is on view at the Kelowna Art Gallery until July 10, 2016. It will be at the Nickle Galleries as the University of Calgary from January 26th to April 29th, 2017.
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