JOHN HALL " FRAMED" May 5 - May 31 in CALGARY

Loch Gallery is delighted to present "FRAMED", an exhibition of the most recent paintings by internationally renowned high realist painter John Hall. John will be discussing his work in the Calgary gallery at 12:30pm on Saturday, May 5th.

Hall has always been concerned with describing the appearance of things. With subjects ranging from donuts, fruit and treasured keepsakes to disposable everyday household items and even memento mori inspired skulls, he uses his mastery of the acrylic medium to celebrate the way he sees light, form, space, and colour.

Throughout his career Hall has wrestled with the challenge of creating an art which involves framing reality in such a way as to announce that what is contained in the frame is not real. However, in 2016, he began “FRAMED”, a series of work depicting framed paintings that, surprisingly, fully embrace the conventions of trompe l’oeil painting. Hall wants viewers to first believe that they’re looking at framed paintings and only on closer inspection realize that the frame is painted and an integral part of the painting.

The “FRAMED” series led to a subset of paintings depicting the backs of paintings. These works, through their inclusion of details like old labels, hardware, scratchings, and bits of tape celebrate the trompe l’oeil tradition. These “verso” paintings are explicit in their attempt to fool viewers into believing they are, in fact, looking at the back of a painting. This has been a constant and favourite theme of trompe l'oeil painters from Cornelis Norbertus Gijsbrechts (1630-1683) and Claudio Bravo (1936-2011).

Two recently completed paintings in the series, Framed:Phoenix 1 and Framed:Phoenix 2, both of which have been re-worked by Hall from their earlier iterations, are exceptional in their inclusion of figures within the composition. In fact, the figures are the central theme of each work and present confounding narratives with their presence.

Framed:Phoenix 1 had its genesis in 1984 as a still-life portrait of Hall's colleague, sculptor Evan Penny. Fully employing trompe l’oeil effects, Hall depicts an apparent verso version of the Penny portrait complete with stretcher bars, bits of tape, labels and even what appears to be a tear in the canvas.

Framed:Phoenix 2, was originally the center canvas of Crucifixion Triptych, a 50 x 192 inch painting done by Hall in 1968. It was inspired by the artist’s exposure to the Roman Catholic imagery of colonial Mexico in the 1960’s, and by a Time Magazine cover featuring a dancer from the Joffrey Ballet assuming a crucifixion–like pose. In revisiting the painting in 2018 Hall has painted it to give the impression that the original 1968 painting has weathered poorly (grimy, cracked and yellowed varnish) and has had black paint spilled on it. Within the painted canvas, which appears to have been stretched back to front, the viewer will find other skilful displays of trompe-l’oeil effects including newspaper clippings and a manila envelope addressed to Halls’s dealer Ian Loch. Described by Hall as “part illustration of the language of trompe l'oeil painting and part lesson in what’s interesting to me now and what I was interested in then, Phoenix 2 is the second of what I hope will be an ongoing series. Phoenix 2 is dated 1968-2018 and a full fifty years separate the youthfulness of its beginning and its 2018 iteration. ”.

As the artist’s long-time artist friend, Alexandra Haeseker, so well states, Hall’s paintings exist at an intersection where “subject, object, narrative, and meaning collide into mastery.”

Selected artwork: 
Framed: Phoenix 2 by John  Hall
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John Hall - Framed: Phoenix 2
Acrylic on canvas
49.5 x 48 in
Available
Framed: Phoenix 1 by John  Hall
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John Hall - Framed: Phoenix 1
Acrylic on Canvas
40 x 40 in
Available
Framed: Whitehorse by John  Hall
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John Hall - Framed: Whitehorse
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 40 in
Available
Framed: Whitehorse Verso by John  Hall
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John Hall - Framed: Whitehorse Verso
Acrylic on Canvas
40 x 40 in
Available
Framed:Yellow Punch by John  Hall
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John Hall - Framed:Yellow Punch
Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 36 in
Available
Framed: Vessel by John  Hall
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John Hall - Framed: Vessel
Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 36 in
Available
Framed- Vessel (Verso) by John  Hall
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John Hall - Framed- Vessel (Verso)
Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 36 in
Available
Framed: Cat's Eye by John  Hall
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John Hall - Framed: Cat's Eye
Acrylic on Canvas
20 x 24 in
Available
Framed: Cat's Eye (Verso) by John  Hall
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John Hall - Framed: Cat's Eye (Verso)
Acrylic on Canvas
20 x 24 in
Available
Framed: Shooter by John  Hall
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John Hall - Framed: Shooter
Acrylic on Canvas
24 x 24 in
Sold
Framed:Shooter (verso) by John  Hall
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John Hall - Framed:Shooter (verso)
Acrylic on Canvas
24 x 24 in
Available
Framed: Donut 1 by John  Hall
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John Hall - Framed: Donut 1
Acrylic on Canvas
12 x 12 in
Available
Framed: Donut 3 by John  Hall
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John Hall - Framed: Donut 3
Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 30 in
Sold
Framed:Donut 4 by John  Hall
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John Hall - Framed:Donut 4
Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 36 in
Sold
Framed: Donut 4 (verso) by John  Hall
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John Hall - Framed: Donut 4 (verso)
Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 36 in
Sold
Framed: Donut 5 by John  Hall
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John Hall - Framed: Donut 5
Acrylic on canavs
30 x 30 in
Available
Framed: Blaze by John  Hall
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John Hall - Framed: Blaze
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 in
Available
Date(s): 
Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 10:00am - Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 5:30pm
Artist(s): 
Location(s): 
Loch Gallery, Calgary

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