Nigel Hall: Tangled Up in Blue

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Nigel Hall: Tangled Up in Blue

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Nigel Hall: Tangled Up in Blue
to Sat 30 Jan 2021
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“I want to make works that (…) hold back bustle and noise and allow space to meditate with.” Nigel Hall, 2020

Annely Juda Fine Art presents an exhibition of sculptures, drawings and paintings by Nigel Hall. The exhibition includes four large sculptures alongside a selection of smaller sculptures, works on paper and paintings.

Artworks

Tangled up in Blue, 2020

Painted steel
225 x 160 x 160 cm

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Square Dance, 2017

Corten steel
240 x 244 x 58 cm

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Ghost, 2020

Corten steel
200 x 174 x 35.3 cm
Ed. 1/2

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Soglio VI, 1996

Corten steel
152 x 152 x 84 cm

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Orbit, 2020

Polished wood
128.2 x 110 x 35.3cm

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Drawing 1832 (for MYH) 02.01.2020, 2020

Charcoal on paper
152 x 244 cm

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String of Pearls II, 2020

Bronze
77 x 63.5 x 13.2 cm

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Ghost, 2020

Bronze
55 x 50 x 10 cm
Ed. 2/2

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Drawing 1868, 2020

Charcoal on paper
122 x 153 cm

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Drawing 1812, 2019

Charcoal and gouache on paper
122 x 122 cm

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1842C, 2020

Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
71 x 84 cm

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1877/C, 2020

Charcoal and acrylic on canvas
102.2 x 50 cm overall, 50 x 50 cm each canvas

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1865C, 2020

Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
50.8 x 61 cm

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Drawing 1810, 2019

Acrylic and charcoal on paper
80 x 70 cm

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Drawing 1866, 2020

Acrylic and charcoal on paper
57 x 76 cm

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Nigel Hall (b. 1943) is one of Britain’s most distinguished sculptors. Known primarily for sculptures in wood, steel and bronze, both monumental and domestic in scale, his work is concerned with three-dimensional space, mass and line. Hall’s works manifest themselves in organic shapes; circles and interlinking ellipses are a recurring motif, echoing geometry as much as the landscapes, cityscapes and music that inspired them. Citing evocative memories as influences from the bombed-out Bristol of his childhood to the expanse of the Mojave desert, Hall’s abstract and geometric sculptures change according to light and viewpoint. They give as much prominence to voids and shadows as to the solidity of the material; the spaces between his sculptures are important to Hall, and integral to the viewer’s experience. Music plays a large role in Hall’s work, particularly jazz, and he likens the pause between notes to the empty spaces between his sculptures.

Tangled Up in Blue (2020), a major new work in this show, features a series of interlocking elliptical steel rings painted in blue and black. Denser than other works, it is – in the artist’s words – “like an equation on volume, structure and colour.” Named after Bob Dylan’s opening song on the seminal 1975 album, ‘Blood on the Tracks’, as one moves around the sculpture, it appears to move or dance. Elsewhere, Ghost (2020) has a more minimal appearance next to the solid, circular form of the earlier sculpture, Soglio VI(1996) which is named after a Swiss mountain town.

Drawing has always played an important role in Hall’s work. Here, overlapping ellipses and circles make way for brightly coloured gouache discs or reveal the charcoal sketches on the paper below. This exhibition also includes recent paintings on canvas, which have not been shown before.

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