Lee Hall | Stillnesses of Canyons

11 Dec 2020 - 24 Jan 2021
I am, in brief, a landscape painter. All of nature—rocks, trees, mosses, flowers, horizons shifting and darkening or lightening, shore edges, mists, dawns, dusks, reaches of sky and sand, hills and valleys, near and far ridges, gentle or fierce clouds, sunrises and sunsets, and all the color and all the movements and all the stillnesses of canyons and forests are mine for the claiming and taming with a given day, in clear knowledge of that day's light. 

In a speech Hall gave in 1981 at Rhode Island School of Design she explained, “I am, in brief, a landscape painter. All of nature—rocks, trees, mosses, flowers, horizons shifting and darkening or lightening, shore edges, mists, dawns, dusks, reaches of sky and sand, hills and valleys, near and far ridges, gentle or fierce clouds, sunrises and sunsets, and all the color and all the movements and all the stillnesses of canyons and forests are mine for the claiming and taming with a given day, in clear knowledge of that day's light.” A connection to nature is not a commonly heard cry from Abstract Expressionists, but Hall’s predilection for the natural world comes through in her painting even as it resonates as unequivocally abstract.