HOME GALLERY PRESS BIO
ABOUT COMMISSIONS TEACHING CONTACT


PAINTINGS - AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL

triptychs 2000s 1990s 1980s 1970s boxes/screens/panels autobiographical

Click for larger image, use the Back button to return.


After a year long hiatus from painting, following her 35-year retrospective at the Palm Springs Art Museum in 2008, D.J. Hall re-emerged with a fresh perspective in her work and a significantly different approach to painting. It could be a scene from any ‘50’s TV show backyard party – Leave It To Beaver, Ozzy and Harriet – sunny, happy post-war perfection. Also, a new conceptual element has emerged through Hall’s incorporation of text and characters reminiscent of the early “Dick and Jane” children’s readers, which serves as another layer of thematic reinforcement. Hall has turned her attention to growing up in Southern CA in the 1950’s. Such a mythic time in American history is reflected in the sunny, all too perfect post-war imagery. Hall astutely re-creates that idealized era, calling attention to its cracked reality through ‘Kodak Moments’.

Elena Del Rio (2011)
Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City, CA


Hall’s new work finds the artist in her happy place, recalling—and revising—scenes from her postwar Southern CA childhood. Hall offers a sweet nod to the 1950’s through her love affair with the idyllic backyard pool at her grandmother’s house. She mines imagery from her own childhood, and also presents a recognizable Americana.

Biller, Steven
Art. Ltd., November / December 2011



HOME GALLERY PRESS BIO ABOUT COMMISSIONS TEACHING CONTACT
© 2015 D.J. Hall