Anne Hall

Works on Paper

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Born in Melbourne in 1945, Hall studied painting at R.M.I.T. from 1960 until 1963.

Her first solo exhibition was held at South Yarra Gallery in 1968. This was followed by further shows ay Sydney’s Holdsworth Gallery in 1970, the Bonython Art Gallery, Adelaide in 1971 and again in that same year at South Yarra Gallery. In 1975 a retrospective of her work was mounted at Avant Galleries. Melbourne. A further large exhibition of Hall’s drawings paintings and ceramics was held at the Powell Street Gallery in 1981.

During this period she married fellow arist John Perceval (1923-2000) and became part of his turmultuous life. In 1976 she painted a noted portrait of Perceval. Her work drew attention from the critics. Art commentator Alan McCulloch described her paintings and drawings from this period as ” highly imaginative and strong in observation of character and understanding of distortion”. In 1971 the art critic for The Age, Patrick McCaughey, assessed her show at South Yarra Gallery as a reflection of the influence which German Expressionism was having upon Australian art at that time. McCaughey commended Hall’s treatment of her subjects – for taking animals and familiar domestic surroundings and weaving them into what he described as ” heraldic decorativeness”. McCulloch also comments on the major influence upon Hall’s work by artist John Perceval who, after their initial meeting in 1967, she married in 1972.

Barrett Reid in his 1992 biography, Of Dark and Light:The Art of John Perceval, records that Perceval’s first wife, Mary Boyd, left him to live in England in 1967 as the artists alcoholism worsened. Not only did Hall become Perceval’s wife but, in a previously little credited role, she also became his creative partner. A partnership with a troubled painter, an artist who has been described as the Vincent van Gogh of Australian art. A second Perceval biographer, Traudi Allen, writing in her 1992 work John Perceval, credits Anne Hall for playing a role in the creation of Perceval’s major 1967 painting, Veronica and the Conspirators. The painting was based on Dutch Master Hieronymus Bosch’s acclaimed work Christ Carrying the Cross. Perceval had Hall copy the right corner detail of the Bosch painting, which he then continued his work around. When art historian Margaret Plant described this work in her 1978 study of the artist, entitled John Perceval, she reveals an indication of the intrinsic value of Hall’s contribution.

” The climax of these lyrical holocaust paintings is a strange work, a painting large in scale for Perceval, Veronica and the Conspirators of 1967. The wheat fields, dragonflies and rainbows…feature and Jacob’s ladder climbs up to the sky where the dragonflies are again like helicopters. The paint is urgent, raised up more thickly, more lurid and hectic than in any other Perceval painting”.

The works by Anne Hall on show at Melbourne Fine Art Gallery are testament to her talent as a painter, her position in the Melbourne art world during the 1960’s, and the influence that John Perceval had upon her work. However, the overriding factor in the exhibition is that Anne Hall’s own path as an artist remains clear, reflecting her own strong individuality and personal beliefs.Her highly figurative work, the psychological portraits, meditative nudes, and sharp figure studies, allows us to enter world of a woman with a deep intensity for her subject. These works show Anne hall as a highly talented and dedicated artist who strove to release her innermost feelings.

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Solo Exhibitions

1968         South Yarra Gallery, Melbourne

1970        Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney

1971         South Yarra Gallery, Melbourne

1971       Kim Bonython Gallery, Adelaide

Major Group Exhibitions

1966         ” 4 Young Melbourne Artists ” –  Gallery A, Melbourne, Sydney

1966         ” The Nude In Australian Art ” – Gallery A, Melbourne

1966         ” Summer Exhibition” – Gallery A, Melbourne

1967         ” Group Exhibition ” – Tolarno Gallery, Melbourne

1967         ” Georges Invitation Exhibition ” – Melbourne

1971         ” 9 x 5 ” – Rosalind Humphries Gallery, Melbourne

1972         ” Portraiture ” – Joe Brown Gallery, Melbourne

1972        ” Georges Invitation Exhibition ” – Melbourne

1972         ” Australian Art Today ” – South East Asian Tour organised by James Mollison of The National Council Of The Arts, Canberra

1973         ” Artists Born After 1930 ” – Realities, Melbourne

1974         ” Artists Born After 1930 ” – Realities, Melbourne

1975         ” Recent Drawings ” – National Gallery

1975        ” Mornington Peninsula Gallery ” – Mornington