UPON SHOULDERS

Adam Hall, July 2017


July 7, 5-8pm


Artist(s):

Adam Hall

About the Exhibit

“Upon Shoulders” is a continuation of exploring landscapes and oceanscapes at a re-newed introspective time of my life. The show title was sparked through a classic expression by Isaac Newton "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." From a completely other perspective, many of these new paintings are from a higher point of view as if a child was on your shoulders looking out upon the vast mystery ahead.

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Just like albums have a B side, this show is sort of an continuation and exploration of sorts from my show last year. “Upon Shoulders” is a continuation of exploring landscapes and oceanscapes at a re-newed introspective time of my life. The show title was sparked through a classic expression by Isaac Newton "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." From a completely other perspective, many of these new paintings are from a higher point of view as if a child was on your shoulders looking out upon the vast mystery ahead. Along that same line of thinking I’m hoping to provoke the viewer to have that same sense of wander & questioning , but more importantly that it’s safe. There is no need to worry.
A steady stream of change has been a theme over the past few years and I’ve found myself mentally stripping away at things and building new foundations. Maybe subconsciously, that is why I’m so attracted to painting the ocean right now. The give and take of the waves, the chaos of it all, yet purpose and life are ever present.
There seems to always be some new challenge I’m facing as our family grows and it’s been simply amazing getting to re-discover the beauty and innocence of life through the eyes of my children. Hopefully in some shape or form, where I’m at in life right now pours itself out into this new work and connects.

• WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF ARTWORK IN THE COLLECTION SO FAR AND WHY?

As of right now my favorite piece is “Other Side”. It really mirrors for me the state at which I’ve been in lately. A sense of intentionality in shaping who I am as a human being, to be the best father/husband/friend I can be. Providing a healthy safe environment yet understanding the importance of facing adventure and our fears. The painting itself was set in the Smoky Mountains of TN pretty soon after the fires had raged through the area. So with that, there is sort of a heavy side to the painting that I think alot of viewers can relate to.

HOW DO YOU START A WORK, DO YOU HAVE ANY RITUALS?
My ritual usually begins with 10-15 min of silence and mindless work clearing my head and getting into paint mode. Like many artists, music then enters the equation as background noise while I’m toning my panels and establishing the layout. At this stage it’s almost like action painting, where everything is very loose and messy. Once I’m

dialed into a painting it’s where I’m reminded how much I love this process. Always allow for last 30 min of a session painting in complete silence.

HOW DO YOU CHALLENGE YOURSELF AS AN ARTIST IN ORDER TO KEEP GROWING?
Growth for me has always come in very organic forms. Growth has always been the natural result of just putting in the time and also trying out new concepts that don’t fit within my comfort level as a painter. One of the secrets for me has been doing shows at Robert Lange Studios. There is a healthy amount of pressure each time you agree to do a show, to want to bring something new to the table.

WHAT SURFACE DO YOU PREFER? WHICH PAINT COMPANIES? WHICH BRUSHES? DO YOU USE A LIMITED OR EXPANSIVE PALETTE?

Once I started taking surface seriously, my work truly grew as a direct result from it. Currently my foundation surface of choice is using a high quality birch panel with proper back supports. However, at some point I’m really excited to try out Aluminum Dibond panels.

Gamblin is currently where the majority of my arsenal comes from. I use there oil paints / varnishes / mediums/ etc. etc.
Palette is pretty limited for now. Until I feel as though I’ve mastered my current palette, I’ll probably not add anything new.

Brushes: Love to use Rosemary and co brushes for my filberts and flats, but also use a ton of budget friendly brushes from my local Plaza Artist supply store. Always keep some nice 2” flat brushes in stock for my larger work. Palette knives are also an essential tool of mine.

Exhibit Images


Opening Night

ROBERT LANGE STUDIOS

TWO QUEEN ST, CHARLESTON

Robert Lange Studios