Artist and Art Educator Ron Hall MFA, B. Ed, 2001
I have been involved with the visual arts as an artist and art educator for the last 30 years. Presently I am a professional artist having worked from various studios in Te Aroha since 2010.
My main art practice over the last 20 years has been with formalist art assemblages involving the deconstruction and reconstruction of beehives. This art is a serious visual statement challenging the American modernist art movement ‘Abstract Expressionism’.
In American Abstract Expressionism the mark making was always carefully considered and the artists were always self aware, whereas my art work expresses the irony of using untrained naive industrial beehive painters as a basis for fine art. The weathered wood from the beehives reveal opaque and transparent paint layers that are randomly altered by the weather conditions. This painterly randomness is further developed when the beehives are dipped in wax and thrown around on trucks.
In my beehive assemblages I mediate purposely, between this naivety and the considered. Aesthetically I am recognising and celebrating the unexpected poetic beauty in the paint work. The art work quite often has a melancholic beauty characteristic of the beehive degeneration.
My career as an art educator started in the late eighties teaching Art Practise and Art History in high schools. I have supervised and moderated students in the Masters Programme at Whitecliffe College of Art and Design and was a visiting tutor for the visual arts with Christchurch College of Education, training art teachers.
Winner of the Molly Morpeth-Canaday Art Award.
Judged by Barry Lett, Auckland.
Art piece bought and included in the public collection, Rotorua Art and History Museum.
Section winner for ‘Best Abstract’ and ‘Best Painting’, Tauranga National Art Awards. Judged by Associate Professor, Ross Hemera.