John Hall
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LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS GALLERY 1

John Hall painted landscapes throughout his adult life, in and around his home in East Anglia, where his long familiarity with the characteristics of our locality: its light, weather and land usage, all contributed to a deep knowledge of the landscapes he saw and depicted. But he also painted landscapes much further afield. He travelled abroad from an early age, being posted to Sri Lanka (Ceylon) in WWII, as a young soldier with the Royal Signals and his sketchbooks from that time clearly show how visually stimulated he was by that environment. He continued to love travelling, particularly in Italy and France, observing and painting the many different places he saw, throughout his working life and on into his retirement.

In the manner established by the landscape artists he most admired: Constable, Corot, Monet and Pissarro chiefly among them, John usually painted directly from nature. Occasionally, though, he would reinterpret a sketch or rework a painting back in his studio. The great majority of the landscapes shown in this gallery therefore were painted at his easel, out in the countryside.

We are presenting his landscapes here in his gallery with a numbering system that includes the dimensions of his paintings in millimetres.

 

LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS GALLERY 2

John Hall painted landscapes throughout his adult life, in and around his home in East Anglia, where his long familiarity with the characteristics of our locality: its light, weather and land usage, all contributed to a deep knowledge of the landscapes he saw and depicted. But he also painted landscapes much further afield. He travelled abroad from an early age, being posted to Sri Lanka (Ceylon) in WWII, as a young soldier with the Royal Signals and his sketchbooks from that time clearly show how visually stimulated he was by that environment. He continued to love travelling, particularly in Italy and France, observing and painting the many different places he saw, throughout his working life and on into his retirement.

In the manner established by the landscape artists he most admired: Constable, Corot, Monet and Pissarro chiefly among them, John usually painted directly from nature. Occasionally, though, he would reinterpret a sketch or rework a painting back in his studio. The great majority of the landscapes shown in this gallery therefore were painted at his easel, out in the countryside.

We are presenting his landscapes here in his gallery with a numbering system that includes the dimensions of his paintings in millimetres.

 

LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS GALLERY 3

John Hall painted landscapes throughout his adult life, in and around his home in East Anglia, where his long familiarity with the characteristics of our locality: its light, weather and land usage, all contributed to a deep knowledge of the landscapes he saw and depicted. But he also painted landscapes much further afield. He travelled abroad from an early age, being posted to Sri Lanka (Ceylon) in WWII, as a young soldier with the Royal Signals and his sketchbooks from that time clearly show how visually stimulated he was by that environment. He continued to love travelling, particularly in Italy and France, observing and painting the many different places he saw, throughout his working life and on into his retirement.

In the manner established by the landscape artists he most admired: Constable, Corot, Monet and Pissarro chiefly among them, John usually painted directly from nature. Occasionally, though, he would reinterpret a sketch or rework a painting back in his studio. The great majority of the landscapes shown in this gallery therefore were painted at his easel, out in the countryside.

We are presenting his landscapes here in his gallery with a numbering system that includes the dimensions of his paintings in millimetres.

 

LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS GALLERY 4

John Hall painted landscapes throughout his adult life, in and around his home in East Anglia, where his long familiarity with the characteristics of our locality: its light, weather and land usage, all contributed to a deep knowledge of the landscapes he saw and depicted. But he also painted landscapes much further afield. He travelled abroad from an early age, being posted to Sri Lanka (Ceylon) in WWII, as a young soldier with the Royal Signals and his sketchbooks from that time clearly show how visually stimulated he was by that environment. He continued to love travelling, particularly in Italy and France, observing and painting the many different places he saw, throughout his working life and on into his retirement.

In the manner established by the landscape artists he most admired: Constable, Corot, Monet and Pissarro chiefly among them, John usually painted directly from nature. Occasionally, though, he would reinterpret a sketch or rework a painting back in his studio. The great majority of the landscapes shown in this gallery therefore were painted at his easel, out in the countryside.

We are presenting his landscapes here in his gallery with a numbering system that includes the dimensions of his paintings in millimetres.

 

BUILDING PAINTINGS GALLERY 1

John Hall was fascinated by architecture. His paintings that feature buildings are, as well as an exploration of the way that the light was falling over their forms in that moment, a celebration of the way that particular people have constructed those buildings within that locality and the way the structures have then weathered into their surroundings. As with his more purely landscape paintings John worked first and foremost, directly from the subject. Any reworking of a painting in his studio would be done with much thought and care, but the main inspiration was always the place itself.

We are presenting a diverse range of his paintings where he focused on buildings as his main theme, using a numbering system that includes the dimensions of his paintings in millimetres.

 

 

BUILDING PAINTINGS GALLERY 2

John Hall was fascinated by architecture. His paintings that feature buildings are, as well as an exploration of the way that the light was falling over their forms in that moment, a celebration of the way that particular people have constructed those buildings within that locality and the way the structures have then weathered into their surroundings. As with his more purely landscape paintings John worked first and foremost, directly from the subject. Any reworking of a painting in his studio would be done with much thought and care, but the main inspiration was always the place itself.

We are presenting a diverse range of his paintings where he focused on buildings as his main theme, using a numbering system that includes the dimensions of his paintings in millimetres.

 

 

FLOWER PAINTINGS GALLERY 1

John Hall was drawn to flowers as subjects. He responded to the challenge of painting their complex forms and varied colours, as well as to their natural fecundity. In summer months he would come back to his studio in Linton with armfuls of blooms that he would take pleasure and care in arranging in pots and vases before setting about painting them.

We are presenting a diverse range of his paintings where he focused on flowers as his main theme, using a numbering system that includes the dimensions of his paintings in millimetres.

 

 

FLOWER PAINTINGS GALLERY 2

John Hall was drawn to flowers as subjects. He responded to the challenge of painting their complex forms and varied colours, as well as to their natural fecundity. In summer months he would come back to his studio in Linton with armfuls of blooms that he would take pleasure and care in arranging in pots and vases before setting about painting them.

We are presenting a diverse range of his paintings where he focused on flowers as his main theme, using a numbering system that includes the dimensions of his paintings in millimetres.

 

 

STILL LIFE PAINTINGS GALLERY 1

John Hall made many studies of still life subjects during his artistic career. After building his own studio in the 1970's he was able, as with his paintings of flowers, to pursue this subject area in greater depth and with greater intensity as he then had much more control over the space and light, as well as the length of time that the subjects could be left undisturbed! He made a life-long study of the work of many other artists in this subject area and often referred to Chardin, who was perhaps his favourite. John had a love of the tactile and handling qualities of simple, domestic objects and always wished to discover how to render their different surfaces, textures and translucencies in paint.

We are presenting a diverse range of his paintings where he focused on still life as his main theme, using a numbering system that includes the dimensions of his paintings in millimetres.

 

 

 

FIGURE PAINTINGS GALLERY 1

John Hall made many nude and clothed figure studies during his artistic career, most of which were pencil or pastel drawings. He continued attending evening life classes at the Cambridge School of Art throughout his working life. Many of his costume studies related to the theatrical productions - plays and operas - that he designed period costumes for. 

We are presenting the few oil paintings John made of nude figures in this gallery, using a numbering system that includes the dimensions of his paintings in millimetres.

painting, drawing, set and costume design
John Hall 1921 - 2006: Art Retrospective

John Hall was held in great affection by a generation of students at Cambridge School of Art where he taught from 1950 to1983. This retrospective follows his death at eighty five in 2006.  An accomplished artist and designer, he admired good craftsmanship in all its forms and strove for it in his own work. John's intense curiosity for how things are made and a constant questing for historical knowledge, together with a deep aesthetic appreciation, underlay all his work, whether he was painting a landscape in oils, drawing from the figure or designing a set for an opera staged at the Mumford Theatre.

All the paintings in John's Portfolios below are now for sale. Please email to request a full price list: