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Painted on an Egyptian cotton pillowslip, ‘Sunbather’ shows the artist lying on his back on a towel, relaxed on holiday, but surrounding him are dark radiating beams and scorch marks made with an iron.
This painting was shown in 1980 in a one man exhibition at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham selected by Hugh Stoddart. In his text to accompany that exhibition Stoddart comments ‘Another important element in Hall’s work is the intense domesticity of much that he deals with and, often, actually uses.’ This, he goes on, ‘has an overtone of intimacy, of vulnerability. Anyone who sells newspapers will confirm that most of us like to invade other people’s privacy – the more intimate the information the better. It is surprising how much hypocrisy this generates. One is fascinated but hung up on guilt: I think the powerful (and often adverse) reaction generated by Colin Hall’s work is connected to this.’
oil, acrylic & gesso on cotton
H 43.7 x W 37.8 cm
purchased from the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham