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Diane Andrews Hall

Recent Paintings

April 4 – April 29, 2006


John Berggruen Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent paintings by Diane Andrews Hall. The exhibition opens Tuesday, April 4th, and will run through Saturday, April 29th. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with JG/Contemporary, a department of James Graham & Sons in New York City, where the works were on exhibition February 3-March 11, 2006. An illustrated catalogue, with poem by poet and art critic Bill Berkson, accompanies the exhibition.


In her second solo exhibition with the gallery, Diane Andrews Hall continues to paint atmospheric portrayals of the natural world such as cloud-filled skies and horizon-lined seas. Light, atmosphere, and changing weather patterns are used to explore notions of time, movement and the psychology of perception. In addition to her continued exploration of these themes, Hall, an avid birdwatcher, has painted delicate, beautiful renderings of hummingbirds and goldfinches in their natural, colorful habitat of flowers and brush. Displayed against blurred backdrops, Hall's work relates to photography in its use of varying degrees of sharp and soft focus. In these paintings there are no edges, there is constant movement and light defines the forms. These works do not attempt merely to imitate nature, but rather to communicate the artist's interest in the collision and impact between herself and the natural world.


Diane Andrews Hall lives and works in the Bay Area. She was born in Dallas, Texas in 1945 and lives in San Francisco, California. 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.