Works by Kenneth Hall
On view from Janurary 9 - February 12, 2017

Please join us for a closing reception on
Sunday February 12th from 4:00 - 5:30 PM at the cafe!

Exhibition Statement:

Tiepolo, Rembrandt, and Correggio have offered up elegant bodies, caught up either literally “into the sky” or figuratively “into rapture” as they swoon under passionate forces. Kenneth Hall uses these figures as surrogate forms – remnants of passion – in fractured spaces. Subsumed by atmospheric gradations of paint and pierced by gestural marks that move through the imagery like waves of radiation, his paintings reveal recognizable forms and figures from the Old Masters, woven into tumultuous abstract environments, suggesting both sensuality and tragedy. 

Hall’s recent work is inspired by the raw forms and intense color fields of Abstract Expressionism, but also has roots in the earthy palette and brooding tenebrism of the Baroque period. This juxtaposition of art historical figuration and aggressive abstraction results in a pulsating energy. The swirling of paint, smeared and pixilated, becomes a metaphor for relational struggles, misunderstandings, and unfulfilled desire. The figures bring their own legacy of meaning, including human virtues or the struggle to find spiritual significance. The combination of old and new creates tension; it is a sort of displacement where the figures become ruins, weighted with nostalgia but still seductively beautiful in our contemporary age. 

About the Artist:

Kenneth Hall was born and raised on the East Coast, a “Navy brat” who made an early-30’s transition from a career as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard into a more creative career in the arts. Ken’s first “legitimate” art experience was at the University of Illinois, Champaign, where he enrolled in a Drawing I course while working toward a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering. After ten years in the Coast Guard (and with his wife’s full support), Hall decided to take a leap of faith and go back to school full-time for art. Columbus College of Art (BFA) and Miami University (MFA) were the seven years of training and immersion in art that helped to form his aesthetic and vision as an artist. 

Kenneth Hall is an Associate Professor at the University of Northern Iowa now, where he teaches Painting and Drawing. He has shown his work nationally and internationally, from an art fair in New York City, to a group exhibition in Hamburg, Germany, to an international arts conference in Athens, Greece and a recent month long residency in Berlin, Germany. 

To see more of his work, visit: www.kennethhallhart.com

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Lauren Frances Evans, Gallery Curator, at timesclubgallery@prairielights.com.

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