John Hall was born in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1943 and studied at the Alberta College of Art, Calgary and the Instituto Allende, Mexico in the 1960s. Since completing his studies in 1966, he has lived and worked in Calgary, Alberta; Delaware, Ohio; New York, New York; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and, most recently, Kelowna, British Columbia. Hall has held teaching positions in art at Ohio Wesleyan University, the Alberta College of Art and Design, the University of Calgary, where he recently retired from a full professorship in painting and drawing, and the Okanagan University College. Currently he holds a professorship emeritus at the University of Calgary. He now lives and works in Kelowna, British Columbia. John Hall was elected to membership in the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1975.
John Hall is represented in numerous private and most major public gallery collections across Canada including: the Art Gallery of Ontario, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Glenbow Museum, Canada Council Art Bank and The National Gallery of Canada.
John Hall has is also represented in numerous corporate collections and has been awarded major painting commissions by Calgary’s Foothills Hospital, the Royal Bank of Canada and Cineplex Odeon, among others.
Notable among John Hall’s extensive list of solo and group exhibitions are his 1979-’80 solo at the National Gallery of Canada and a major retrospective exhibition at Mexico’s City’s Museo de Arte Moderno in 1994.
Likened to an urban archaeologist, Hall produces still life paintings that mine the rich complexity of contemporary urban life. Widely reviewed and acclaimed, John Hall work has been assessed in several catalogues and DVDs, which are available through the gallery. Writing in a cover article in Border Crossings magazine, Gary Michael Dault notes “All styles can come down to noise, wrote poet and critic William Empson, and I think Hall’s pictures are getting to that. Which is the source of their galloping power.”