Janine Hall

Home: Calgary, Alberta
Title: Portrait of James
Media: Oil on canvas / huile sur toile
Dimensions: 129 x 160 cm
Website: www.janinehallartist.com

In this project I was able to explore my ideas around art and specifically portraiture having a talismanic role in a subject’s life. The content and composition of the piece was inspired by symbols in the subject’s natal astrology and tarot, personal artefacts that hold deep meaning and inspiration for him, esoteric healing symbols and representation of an ethereal atmosphere. My philosophy is that because the fundamental spiritual movement of human culture appears to be toward self knowledge, self revelation and enlightenment-ultimately self united with the divine- that portraiture and particularly commissioned self portraiture is a natural support. In the hands of a spiritually conscious artist, one who is aware of the capacity for art to be a channel for healing energies the artwork can become an intimate sacred object or a focal point for meditation. The portrait may be seen as kind of “vision board” for experiencing higher self consciousness, self reflection and revelation and finally affect healing on a quantum level.

2003 Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting
1987 Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Diploma in Painting

2008 The Weiss Gallery, Calgary Janine Hall Spirit
2006 Mezzanine Gallery, the University of Calgary Janine Hall

2011 Art Gallery of Calgary, Traditions Illuminated: Celebrating the Halls
2008 Alliance Française Gallery, Calgary, Annual National Exhibition, Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists
2007 Firehall Theatre, Gananoque, Ontario Kingston Prize for Contemporary Canadian Portraiture

2008 Founders Award for Best Portrait Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists Annual juried exhibition
2005 Elected to senior membership in the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists
2004 Best oil portrait award and third best in show Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists Annual juried exhibition