Figure by Leon Hall - c.2005 | Michael Reid Gallery

Leon Hall
Figure, c.2005

oil on board
28 x 33 cm, framed

Leon Hall is best known for his evocative landscape paintings and figurative drawings. He’s also painted numerous portraits and self-portraits over the years, one of which was selected for the 2015 Archibald Prize.

Born in Sydney in 1932, Hall began his career in the 1960s as a silkscreen printer then worked for 19 years as a creative director at multi-national company Colgate-Palmolive. Along the way, he studied drawing under John Passmore at East Sydney Technical College, painting at the Julian Ashton School of Art, and later discovered tonal realism via the Meldrum School. All three
approaches instilled a love of working directly from life.

Hall eventually left the corporate world to become a full-time artist in 1980, moving to the Southern Highlands where he spent the next 20 years painting the surrounding landscapes en plein air. He has a particular love for drawing the figure, and this has been a constant throughout his practice for over 5 decades.

He has exhibited at various galleries in Sydney and the Southern Highlands, and his work is held in private collections nationally and internationally.

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