J.C. (Jim) Hall (Ohio, 1932- 2017)
What Am I Doing Here, 21st century
Acrylic and ink painting on canvas
Signed “J.C. Hall” to the lower right
Informational label adhered to the verso
From the estate of the artist.
J.C. (Jim) Hall was a Kentucky-born artist and lived most of his adult life in Sharonville, Ohio, where he raised his family. He was an ordained minister in his teens and later joined the Navy, however, an injury during training ended his enlistment. The money from his honorable discharge and his job at Proctor & Gamble allowed Hall to buy painting supplies and launch his prolific art career. The artist worked mostly with acrylic and watercolors, and at times, embellished his compositions with additional materials, such as sand or beads, for textural effects. His subject matters range from vibrant tropical scenes, geometric cityscapes, and humorous art history parodies. However, it is Hall’s development of Lineillism that is credited as his most significant creative accomplishment and contribution to the contemporary art world. Hall’s innovation is not only the subject of the award-winning documentary Lines of Sight (2016), but was featured in a traveling exhibition Lineillism Revealed, which debuted at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in 2017.
- negligible wear throughout the edges of canvas.