JB Hall believes artists should surround themselves with things tantamount to art. Perhaps that’s why, while living in Arizona with his wife and young son, JB Hall lists family outings, good eating and home projects among his activities. Oblivious to what other people assume an artist’s life should be like, JB Hall’s vast experiences inform his prints with a familiarity not easily found in other abstract work. JB Hall’s statement, “Truth is Perception”, invites the viewer to glean from his work their own stories and feelings. Of his work, JB Hall says, “Each piece or chapter is an incomplete exercise and can be reshaped and pounded into a success.” This statement by JB Hall reflects why printmaking is such a great medium for JB Hall. In paintings, the artist has time to work and rework the paint on the canvas, however, when creating prints, JB Hall must accept the outcome of what happens each time a print is created. Printmaking takes much preparation and JB Hall must trust that the work will result in a desired piece. Accidents must be embraced and thus, JB Hall’s work is “reshaped and pounded into a success.”
JB Hall’s “Key to Hope 4”
In the print, Key to Hope 4, JB Hall takes the everyday object of the key and pushes it to become the focus of the otherwise abstracted piece. Naming the key the Key to Hope, JB Hall reminds us with the large, dominant image, the key is available to us and it is our job to use it to unlock the future filled with hope. However busy the surface, JB Hall’s jet black key remains the focal point, as it is the topmost layer of the print. What does JB Hall want us to use the key for? He’s given it to us in a large, sweeping gesture. What will it unlock for the viewer of JB Hall’s Key to Hope 4? The Key to Hope, JB Hall’s title reminds us is the key to moving forward, to remember to have hope for the future and that “each piece or chapter…can be reshaped and pounded into a success”, and what a success JB Hall’s work is.