D. J. Hall

Selected Works 1974 – 2012

November 28 – March 31, 2013

 

(Excerpt from D.J. Hall: Thirty-Five Year Retrospective Catalogue, curated by Katherine Plake Hough)

 

D.J. Hall's paintings are inspired by the artist's visits to Palm Springs' pools and resorts and Los Angeles' posh Westside and beaches. Depictions of privileged, beautiful women grinning with self-satisfaction against the inevitable ravages of time became the basis of Hall's imagery. Employing a realist style of painting, the artist celebrates the color and quality of light in sunny environments. Yet, these emotionally charged works pack compelling thoughts for viewers who choose to look beyond faces and scenes. Beneath the surface beauty lurks a certain "edge" evoking an uneasy feeling that something is amiss. In revealing herself through these poignant and personal images, the artist lures us into deeper consideration of our own yearnings for eternal youth and our inability to face what inevitably comes with human mortality.

 

Combining a skill for capturing intense color and light and portraying women, her images often feature other genres within the painting- including still life, landscape, and water studies. Reflected in her artwork is her pre-occupation with fleeting youth, aging, and the cultural expression of self-image.

 

Make a Wish, 2011

Oil on canvas

108” x 44”

Courtesy of David T. Pence & Andrew Georgiou

Glory, 1996

Oil on canvas

24” x 35”

Courtesy of David & Jill Wolff

Star, 2004

Oil on gessoed board

12.75” x 16”

Courtesy of Bruce & Donna Polichar

Banana Daiquiri, 1976

Oil on canvas

54” x 39”

Tropico, 1994

Gouache on paper

16.5” x 21.5”

When Women Wore Gloves, 2011

Graphite on paper

25” x 33.25”

Courtesy of Melissa Morgan Fine Art

Still #1, 2004

Oil on paper

20” x 15”

Courtesy of David T. Pence & Andrew Georgiou

Back to School (study), 2010

Oil on panel

12” x 10”

Courtesy of Melissa Morgan Fine Art

Lunchbox, 2010

Oil on canvas

10” x 12”

Courtesy of Melissa Morgan Fine Art

Perfect Day Passing, 1996

Oil on panel

Four panels, 4.5” x 6.5” each

Courtesy of Cece Nudleman

The Dueling Alices, 2011

Oil on panel

20” x 16”

Courtesy of Melissa Morgan Fine Art

Little Girl Go, 2011

Oil on canvas

74” x 59.25”

Courtesy of Melissa Morgan Fine Art

Mouskateer, 2010

Oil on panel

12.5” x 10.5”

Courtesy of David T. Pence & Andrew Georgiou

 

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