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These emotionally-charged works pack compelling thoughts for true observers who choose to look beyond the pretty faces, almost glamorously glib poses and appealingly hedonistic scenes. D. J. Hall's work summons investigation as it drives the visually stunning images to a deeper level. Beneath the surface beauty lurks a provocative “edge” delivering a feeling that something is amiss.

Hough, Katherine Plake
“D. J. Hall Thirty-five Year Retrospective”, 2008
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA


D.J. Hall’s paintings engage our attention through their familiar imagery. Her masterful technique and dense detailing hold it for a careful reading. What we learn, is that through her attention to the personal, she comments on the social, and through the particular she illuminates the universal.

Robert, McDonald
“D. J. Hall—Selected Works 1974 - 1985”, 1986
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Associates, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA


Any exhibition devoted to the painters of the female figure would be incomplete without the inclusion of D. J. Hall. Her subjects have been and continue to be women.

Christensen, Judith
“Painted Ladies”, Carlsbad, Calif., 2005
William D. Cannon Art Gallery, Cultural Affairs Office, City of Carlsbad, CA


Hall's cinematic sensibility came in handy when writer-director Jim Brooks hired her as the scenic design adviser on the movie, “Spanglish”.

Kaufman, Katrina
“D. J. Hall Retrospective Reflections”
Venice Magazine, June 2008, p. 71





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