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John Hall, Muñeca

John Hall, Muñeca (1992), acrylic on canvas [Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Apr 16-Jul 10] Courtesy of the artist

John Hall: Travelling Light: A Forty-Five-Year Survey of Paintings

Kelowna Art Gallery
Kelowna BC – Apr 16-Jul 10, 2016

John Hall, Campeche

John Hall, Campeche, acrylic on canvas [Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Apr 16-Jul 10] Collection of the Canada Council Art Bank

John Hall, California Summer

John Hall, California Summer (1979), acrylic on canvas [Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Apr 16-Jul 10] Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Among the many modern art tendencies to emerge in the 1960s, one that is often overlooked is Photo-Realism. At first glance, this style of painting could be mistaken for an attempt by its practitioners to confront the 20th-century ascendance of photography in the making of the new art. But the longer one spends with a David Hockney or a Gerhard Richter, the more one learns about both mediums, to say nothing of the act of looking.

Throughout his long career, John Hall has produced a number of acrylic paintings that could be described as Photo-Realist. However, where Hall differs from Richter or Richard Estes is on the subject of genre. If Richter is known for his “blurred” portraits, and Estes for his New York streetscapes, Hall, like Audrey Flack, is known for his still lifes.

There are a number of still lifes in Travelling Light that bring to mind the pop cultural studies of Flack, though some are focused on single objects. One is Orbit (2009), a 12 x 12 foot painting of a chocolate donut. At first glance, the eye is drawn to the light glowing on the donut’s sugary surface, but when one looks twice, it is the subject’s amber shadow that draws us closer

Michael Turner

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John Hall, Orbit

John Hall, Orbit (2009), acrylic on canvas [Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Apr 16-Jul 10] Courtesy of the artist


 Thu, Apr 21, 2016