Born and raised in Chicago, with no thought of becoming an artist – his early interest was philosophy – David Hall, February’s featured City Hall artist, later received his BFA degree in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design, adding classes in lithography and etching at the Art Institute of Chicago and holography classes at Lake Forest College.
Continually producing artworks, through a 1978 move to Los Angeles (where he and wife Ann have raised their two children) to the present, it is expected that Mr. Hall will broaden the art experience of some visitors to City Hall as he displays examples of his works featuring “Meditative Mandalas” (in Sanskrit “Mandala” means “sacred circle,” and is used in various spiritual traditions – Tibetan Buddhist Monks and Native American Indians, for instance –to facilitate meditation, and in some sacred rites as a transformative tool to assist with healing).
The Meditative Mandalas on display were created by Mr. Hall on a machine he designed and built – “an airbrush moving on a gear assembly, driven by an electric motor.”
The “Fantasy Creatures” element of the exhibit is a selection of drawings from a soon-to-be-published book, influenced, said Mr. Hall, “by the landscapes of Brueghal and of course Hieronymus Bosch.” Hall has “always liked to draw,” and his fantasy creatures grew from a childhood experience, with friends, in which they found themselves in a marsh surrounded by hundreds of webs of the Great Golden Spider – which had 2” legs!! – and they exited the marsh “excited afraid.”
“This,” Mr. Hall explains, “is the faint emotional element in these pictures . . . afraid, but not really.”
For further information concerning City Hall Art Exhibits, please contact Cynthia Jarvis at 626-570-5011.