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 Erik Hall  (1975 - )

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Lived/Active: Washington/Maryland/Oregon      Known for: Landscape painting

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Biography from Hallway Gallery:
Self-taught, Seattle-based painter, Erik Hall, uses an adept process of laboriously layering common colors with unlikely ones as his basis for creating gesturing organic forms, set amongst still, yet suggestive landscapes; compositions that speak with a silence.  The concinnity that occurs between his trees, fields and skies, result in the melodic, animated visuals of the countryside.  However, with this playfulness also comes a peculiar darkness, which Hall represents with the usage of dramatic shading and contrast.  Some works look as if they could be the backdrops for theater performances of Greek Tragedies.  

For instance, Go for a Walk, consists of warm hues of greens and maroons that match its equally pleasant title.  But the blackness that seems to lurk at the base of the bushes and the deep shadows cast by the trees over the pathway conveys something different.  This slight corruption of an otherwise serene scenario is too weak to conquer the piece, but is still present, making the viewer unable to decide the painting’s true intention.  

Hall’s landscapes are representations of reality that have been filtered and augmented by his memory.  As described by Hall, “ The expanses in my work are an indication that something I have seen is present, is real and exists, even though it is being told as I remember it and not as it actually occurred”.

While Hall’s highly developed skill is both unique and impressive, his psychological interpretation of nature is the most profound gift imparted by his work. This is because it speaks volumes about how “reality” is only as real as we remember it be, and proposes that perhaps “reality” is not real without the suggestion of the good and the bad being present.   Emily Tanner, NYU

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