Janine Hall

Home: Calgary, Alberta
Title: Self-portrait
Media: Oil on board / huile sur panneau
Dimensions: 76 x 66 cm
Website: www.janinehallartist.com

This self portrait was done from a mirror. I am wearing the grey sweater I wear everyday painting-my painting sweater- and a blanket I frequently have around my shoulders. I work in a basement studio and I get very chilled when I paint so this is a common image of me as a painter. The imagery I’ve chosen to set myself in comes from my study of Tarot. The imaginary setting is inspired by a practice of relating numerological information from our birthdates to tarot imagery. This combination of painting from imagination and from observation is of particular interest to me as I am fascinated by the different kinds of sight –physical, imagination, spiritual, symbolic and the illusions of them all. It was finally very important for me to have done the portrait smiling to express my joyful state of inner peace.

Born – 1965 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada


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


2006 Mezzanine Gallery, the University of Calgary
1993 Medicine Hat Cultural Centre, Medicine Hat Mystix
1988 The New Gallery, Calgary Rotation Series


2006 Red Deer & District Museum, Red Deer AB, annual juried exhibition
2005 Firehall Theatre, Gananoque, Ontario Kingston Prize for Contemporary Canadian Portraiture
2004 Masters Gallery, Calgary Annual Exhibition Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists
1994 Medicine Hat Cultural Centre, Medicine Hat South of 9 East of 23
1987 Alberta College of Art, Calgary Graduating Student Exhibition


1992 Alberta Foundation for the Arts
1988-present Numerous private and corporate portrait commissions


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.