Show runs June 9 - July 9, 2012
Walt Hall's show "Songs to Sing When You're Lost at Sea" just opened at the Cactus Gallery in Eagle rock! I love the world of Walt. The characters in his world are full of life. They are vulnerable, strong, and sad. You immediately care about them as you are quickly drawn into their world. For some reason Walt's work speaks to me. I guess it expresses some of my own sadness and hope for life. As I view his art I can't help but be affected.
Here is a little more info about the art of Walt Hall:
"Walt Hall was born and raised on the mean streets of Kilaminjaro. at the age of seven he stowed away onboard the hms mcguillicuty, whose privateers had sworn a blood oath to seek and destroy the barbary pirates. After twelve years at sea he bid farewell to his comrades and joined up with a series of leftist guerilla movements in the jungles of peru. Although the liberation front hated to lose his contributions, three years into the struggle he was secretly extracted, via the underground pipeline of jesuit missions and chinese yo-yo distribution centers, and given a new secret mission. A mission from the very top. the objective- the elusive double agent marco. Marco was a worthy adversary indeed, constantly slipping away just when he finally seemed within reach; but in the end he was no match for walt hall. Aided by his superior horsemanship and vast knowledge of local cossak customs, he finally trapped marco once and for all inside of a creaky church copula somewhere in south west ukbekistan and promptly turned him over to the turnip police for a lengthy internment on a secluded penal island thirty two minutes north west of guam.
In his spare time walt hall enjoys weaving oversized afghans from the wool of his prized llama, freddie.
He also fancies painting."
While some if not all of that may be true, here is how he was described by another:
"Walt Hall was born and raised in North East Los Angeles. Although an active artist from a very young age, he cut his creative teeth in the world of commercial art restoration rather than the traditional art school.
Until 2000 his main focus was music and a series of local punk bands that he formed with friends. Since that time he has returned his creative focus to the visual arts.
Although painting is his first and foremost creative method he also employs a wide variety of surfaces, forms, objects, mixed media, and enjoys collecting discarded materials for assemblage work. He paints in oil as well as acrylics and produces work that ranges in size from several square inches to mural sized works on unstretched canvas.
Walt Hall currently lives and works in the San Fernando valley."
Here is an amazing description of his work:
"Within Walt Hall's introspective landscape is a dense forest inhabited by languorous yet enigmatic folk wakening with the earnestness of life's dealing with evolving emotions about life, death, art, freedom and responsibility. . . . Safe havens don't exist, and love is never truly unconditional. Happiness, it seems, is the ability to ignore hidden danger."
So go check out Walt Hall's work at the Cactus Gallery!
"Cactus Gallery is a vibrant Latino owned and operated gallery and gift store that promotes Los Angeles artists. Our space is an eclectic mix of traditional art forms, outsider art and folk art. To the ever growing Cactus family of artists we add the works of dozens of talented artesanos from Argentina who handcraft stunning modern metal jewelry and unique art objects."
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 6pm
4534 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Eagle Rock, CA 90041
"Songs to Sing When You're Lost at Sea" - Walt Hall's 6th Annual Show
Show runs June 9 - July 9, 2012