Rita Hall (1947-.) Australia

Biographical Information

Rita Hall was born in the Netherlands in 1947, arriving in Australia in 1951. She was educated in country South Australia and began her Art training at the S.A. School of Art, commencing the Art Teachers course in 1966. Following graduation with a Dip T. (Art) in 1968, she commenced teaching at Whyalla, S.A. where she was appointed as an art teacher. In 1975 she was awarded a full time scholarship to complete an Advanced Dip T. (Art), majoring in Printmaking. Influential teachers at this time included Franz Kempf, Barbara Hanrahan and Geoff Wilson. From 1989 to 2000 she taught at the University of South Australia as a contract lecturer.

Hall traveled to Europe and England in 1976, visiting major art centre’s and galleries and decided during that informative period to become a full time artist as a career choice. From 1979 to 1987 Hall developed a textile production studio, screen printing images of Australian flora and fauna. Main influences were the bold Maremeko designs of Europe and the growing craft movement locally. Commissions & sales flowed and her strong graphic images were eagerly purchased from galleries throughout Australia. A career defining moment in 1981 was the commission of over 30 major art works for the new Adelaide Hilton International Hotel. Many major commissions followed, including but not limited to Immanuel College, Mount Lofty House, Unley City Council and State Government agencies in Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.

Major solo exhibitions during this period include a travelling show of the NSW Regional Galleries, Festival of Perth at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Adelaide’s Jam Factory (2), Mildura Arts Centre (2) and a number of commercial galleries in the ACT, NSW, SA and Tasmania. More recent exhibitions include another touring show through the S.A. Regional Galleries, Hill-Smith Fine Art in Adelaide (2) and for 2007 a return to the Adelaide Hilton International Hotel with Greenhill Galleries.

Abandoning textile printing in 1987 was the next turning point in her chosen career. This choice was taken despite national acclaim and recent acquisitions by the NGA, AGWA, AGSA and notable regional galleries. Hall elected to return to her real love of printmaking on paper. All the screen printing equipment was sold and a 30” etching press purchased. In 1988 she produced a “transitional” series of Australian Bird prints as 10 linocuts in editions of 100. The prints were beautifully packaged and the unique packaging won an Australian packaging award.

In 1991-92 Hall completed a Master of Visual Art degree at the University of S.A. During her study she developed a unique collographic technique of printmaking incorporating etching, lithography and relief methods. Hall continues to develop new themes within her practice and is always concerned with methods and materials.

In 2006 she finally relinquished her etching press to concentrate on the relatively new discipline, for her, of painting on canvas. This has provided and exciting new challenge and, as she approaches her 60th year, she seems destined to develop a series of paintings with the same exquisite touch that was always apparent in her prints and drawings.

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Market Information

On the Edge - Roots on Lake Eyre Beach
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On the Edge - Roots on Lake Eyre Beach
Acrylic on canvas, 147.5 x 213 cm
Adelaide Art Auction, Bonhams & Goodman, Adelaide.
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Paintings11A$288 N/A
Prints & Graphics85A$220 N/A

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