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J.C. Hall Acrylic Painting of a Tropical Cafe, 21st Century

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J.C. “Jim” Hall (Ohio, 1932 – 2017)
Untitled (cafe), 21st century
Acrylic painting on canvas
Signed to lower right
Gallery 22 label to verso

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.

Lineillism is a painting technique and style that Hall conceived after contracting shingles in 2000. The infection introduced a dramatic change to the artist’s vision, causing him to see the world in lines. What some may view as a handicap resulted in the artist’s stylistic revolution. His Lineillist paintings are rendered with thousands of vertical lines that emphasize the play of light and create an element of transience in his compositions. 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.

To view the award-winning documentary Lines of Sight (2016) unveiling J.C. Hall’s painting technique Lineillism, please see the link attached below.

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- minor painting staining throughout the composition; significant puncture to canvas to center of composition; edge of canvas visible in upper margin; wear, abrasions, and punctures to verso.


43.5" W x 33.5" H x 1.5" D

- measures frame; sight measures 39.5" W 29.5" H.

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