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Artist Brett Hall


An example of fine art by Brett Hall

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  • FASO Artist Website: https://brettghall.com

  • Year Born: 1954

  • Spent 45 years in commercial art, advertising and marketing

  • Backpacked through Europe where I met Salvador Dali at his home in Figueras, Spain

  • Worked for a Native American-owned firm, traveling to reservations far off the grid

  • Price Range: $500.00 - $5,000.00




The Artist Says:


I can't remember when I decided to be an artist. I always knew I would be. The only classes I remember in high school were art and journalism. I did the cartoon for the student newspaper and lived for art class. I left high school two weeks earlynd headed for Denver to Colorado Institute of Art. I had good counsel along the way... "If you are going to be an artist, you've got to eat." So I did a two-year course in commercial art.
 
At the end of the course, I took off to backpack through Europe for three months where I met Salvador Dali and Madame Gala. Madame Gala asked me "Where are you from and what are you doing here?" When I told her that I had came  to see the museums of Europe she said: "Go back to Denver, look at one painting, and go walk in the snow.” I took her advice but spent the next 40 years in commercial art and advertising. I woke up one morning in 2014 and realized that I had not drawn anything other than ad layouts and logos in fifteen years and set out to change that.
 
At my first art show the curator told me that my work looked promising but I needed to focus because “If you do everything, people will remember nothing.” His advice, along with that of Madame Gala, have been the guidelines I have followed since. 
 
I had been selling  yearbooks to Indian high schools on reservations just before making this turn and decided Native portraits would be my focus. I realized there was a bigger story to be told.. the story of indigenous people worldwide who had been and are still being displaced by "progress". I read somewhere that it's a three-legged stool of environment, social justice, and indigenous peoples. The way people treat the earth is the way they treated the indigenous people... as disposable. I would like to think these portraits allow my subjects to tell their story.
 
WHY I PAINT
To give a voice to those who have been silenced
To give eyes to those who do not want to  see
To give a heart to those who do not want to care
 
Art should disturb the comfortable
and comfort the disturbed
 
Perhaps, in some small way,
my work can comfort those who remember 
and disturb those who would like to forget
 




Biography


At the end of the course, I took off to backpack through Europe for three months where I had the opportunity to meet Salvador Dali and Madame Gala. Madame Gala asked me "Where are you from and what are you doing here?" When I told her that I had come from Denver to see the museums of Europe she said: "Go back to Denver, look at one painting, and go walk in the snow.” I took her advice but spent the next 40 years in commercial art and advertising. But I woke up one morning in 2014 and realized that I had not drawn anything other than ad layouts and logos in fifteen years and set out to change that.
At my first art show the curator told me that my work looked promising but I needed to focus because “If you do everything, people will remember nothing.” His advice, along with that of Madame Gala, have been the guidelines I have followed since. 
? I had been selling  yearbooks to Indian high schools on reservations just before making this turn and decided Native portraits would be my focus. As I began to study and learn, I realized it was a bigger story­... the story of indigenous people worldwide who had been and are still being displaced by [...]

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