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John Hall: Travelling Light A forty-five-year survey of paintings

Thursday, January 26, 2017 to Saturday, April 29, 2017

Organized by the Kelowna Art Gallery, in collaboration with the Nickle Galleries at the University of Calgary.

John Hall is renowned as a painter of detailed, highly realistic works that reflect his travel, relationships and stuff of life.

Born in Edmonton in 1943, Hall spent much of his career in Calgary, moving to Kelowna in 1999. He studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary in the early 1960s and the Instituto Allende, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, before moving to New York to paint in 1979/80. 

In the 1980s Hall created his Tourist Series and Toys series, then began the Still-Life Portrait series in which he paints collections of objects that evoke his subject.  Since moving to Kelowna Hall continues to explore still-life and has depicted monumental donuts, candiy, tea cups, and CDs. His most recent works have focused on fruits and vegetables.

The exhibition John Hall: Travelling Light is accompanied by a full-length, full-colour catalouge that features essays by Liz Wylie, and Alexandra Haeseker, a long-time collaborator and colleague of Hall’s.

Image:  John Hall, Orbit, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 in. (30.4 x 30.4 cm). Collection of the artist.

Exhibition opening:  January 26, 2017 5-8pm

Programming

Nickle at Noon,  Exhibition Tour with John Hall, January 26, 2017, 12-1pm

Art Now, 500 Experts An artist talk with John Hall, January 27, 2017, 10-11:30am (**takes place in the Art Building, 672)

Nickle at Noon,  Penetrating the Surface: Realism, Trade Networks and Dutch Still Life Painting, Anuradha Gobin, February 9, 2017, 12-1pm

Nickle at Noon,  Beautiful Liars: A Brief Look at Photorealism in Canada, Christine Sowiak, February 16, 2017, 12-1pm

Opening Reception: 
Exhibition Events: 
Thursday, January 26, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Tour the exhibition, John Hall: Travelling Light  A forty-five-year survey of paintings with artist John Hall.

Nickle Galleries, TFDL.

Image:  John Hall, Orbit, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 in. (30.4 x 30.4 cm). Collection of the artist.

Friday, January 27, 2017 -
10:00am to 11:30am

John Hall did his training in art 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, since 1999, West 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 retired from a full professorship in painting and drawing in 1998, and the Okanagan University College. Currently he holds a professorship emeritus at the University of Calgary. John Hall was elected to membership in the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1975 and is represented in many museum and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Glenbow Museum, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The Loch Gallery represents him in Toronto, Winnipeg, and Calgary. 

Co-hosted with the Department of Art

Talk takes place in the Art Building 672

Image: Pepsi, John Hall, 1970, Collection of the Canada Council Art Bank / Collection de la Banque d’oeuvres d’art du Conseil des arts du Canada.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Dr. Anuradha Gobin

Gallery Hall, TFDL

Image: Still Life with Turkey Pie, Pieter Claesz, 1627, Rijksmuseum

Dr. Anuradha Gobin is a specialist in Renaissance/Early Modern art, with particular focus on the visual culture of Northern Europe and its colonies in the Atlantic world. Her talk complements the Nickle exhibition: John Hall: Travelling Light  A forty-five-year survey of paintings.

Anuradha Gobin is an Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Art at the University of Calgary. She earned a PhD in Art History from McGill University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Sainsbury Institute for Art at the University of East Anglia.

Her research specialization is Renaissance/Early Modern art, with particular focus on the visual culture of Northern Europe and its colonies in the Atlantic world.

Dr. Gobin's research has been funded by a number of agencies including the Renaissance Society of America, Les Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC), the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join Nickle Galleries’ Chief Curator, Christine Sowiak for a look at photorealism in Canada and its effect on the visual arts.  Her talk complements the Nickle exhibition: John Hall: Travelling Light  A forty-five-year survey of paintings.

Gallery Hall, TFDL

Image:  Building #1, Mike Bayne, 2013

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