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Alex Hall's Surrealism

Illustration // Monday, 11 Nov 2013
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Working with oil paint on masonite panels, Alex Hall combines surrealism and figuration to create beautifully rendered, contemporary works. He draws inspiration from his own life encounters and the everyday struggles with which so many people can relate. Upon the panels of thin glazes and tight brush work, Hall creates pieces that are both euphoric and chaotic, giving rise to a distinct tension.

Born in 1988 just outside of Chicago, Illinois Alex grew up exposed to, and involved in, the arts. In 1996 he moved to Tennessee and is now proud to call Nashville his home. Hall graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2010 with a degree in adverting and marketing. While working in sales after college, Hall continued to pursue what he has always been most passionate about: painting. His contemporary approach to figure painting has recently been featured on the cover of the Nashville Arts magazine and on the ABC TV show, Nashville.

My new series “Relativity” depicts individuals floating in time and space. I chose to paint the figures with no distinct faces so they would relate to every man and every woman. This particular series is a very honest representation of where I am currently in my own life. Having recently graduated college and being thrown off my feet into the real world, I was extremely overwhelmed. I still was not sure what path to take or which way to go in life. I began to realize that most people are familiar with this feeling of uncertainty. With that idea, I sought out to create a series that was a visual representation of an emotion that has been universally felt by all people: A sense of uncertainty, and ultimately struggling to achieve a balance in life.

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