John Berggruen Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent paintings by Diane Andrews Hall. New Work will open Thursday, June 3rd, and will run through Saturday, June 26th. An opening reception will be held on June 3, from 5:30-7:30.
As Diane Andrews Hall’s third solo exhibition with John Berggruen Gallery..., New Work reveals the artist’s intuitive connection with nature and her immediate surroundings. Drawing on coastal scenes and views from her own backyard, Hall demonstrates her equal interest in the enduring presence of the ocean as well as the fragility and brevity of a hovering hummingbird. While these are familiar themes from Hall, light, in all of its variations and subtleties, has become the formal subject of this new series. The artist focuses her attention on capturing a single fleeting moment in nature with works that unveil her interest in translating photography to the painted canvas. The artist uses layers upon layers of glaze in order to achieve the pervasive translucent quality apparent in the blurred backgrounds, fluttering wings, and the late afternoon reflection on the waves’ surface. This technique, and the absence of white glaze, is integral to the idea of portraying our perception of light’s nuances. Hall shows, once again, she is as much the observer and interpreter of her habitat as she is recipient and guardian of its phenomena.
Diane Andrews Hall lives and works in the Bay Area; and was born in Dallas, Texas in 1945. She studied art at Sophie Newcomb College in New Orleans and received her M.F.A from the Hoffberger School of Painting, at The Maryland Institute of Art. Hall has won several prestigious awards such as the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Award. For over two decades she has been featured in more than two dozen solo and group exhibitions, primarily in New York and California. Her work has been included in multiple group exhibitions at venues such as the Russian Museum, Leningrad, the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum and the CAPP Street Project, San Francisco. During the 1970s, Hall was a part of T.R.Uthco, a multi-media, performance art collective based in San Francisco.