John Hall, R.C.A.

John Hall did his training in art at the Alberta College of Art, Calgary and the Instituto Allende, Mexico in the 1960s.  Since completing his studies in 1966, he has lived and worked in Calgary, Alberta; Delaware, Ohio; New York, New York; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and, most recently, Kelowna, British Columbia.  Hall has held teaching positions in art at Ohio Wesleyan University, the Alberta College of Art and Design, the University of Calgary, where he recently retired from a full professorship in painting and drawing, and the Okanagan University College.  Currently he holds a professorship emeritus at the University of Calgary. He now lives and works in Kelowna, British Columbia.  John Hall was elected to membership in the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1975.


John Hall is represented in many public collections including:


National Gallery of Canada

Art Gallery of Ontario

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Winnipeg Art Gallery

Glenbow Museum

Edmonton Art Gallery

Art Gallery of Hamilton

Mendel Art Gallery

Kitchener/Waterloo Art Gallery

Confederation Art Gallery & Museum

Mackenzie Art Gallery

Memorial University Art Gallery

University College of Cape Breton Art Gallery

University of Calgary

Canada Council Art Bank 

Department of External Affairs

Alberta Foundation for the Arts


John Hall has is also represented in numerous corporate and private collections and has been commissioned to do paintings for Calgary’s Foothills Hospital, the Royal Bank and Cineplex Odeon, among others.

Notable among John Hall’s long list of one-person exhibitions are his 1979-’80 exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada and a major retrospective exhibition at Mexico’s City’s Museo de Arte Moderno in 1994. 

John Hall has also participated in many group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Great Britain, Europe and Japan.  He is represented by the Loch Gallery, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg.

Likened to an urban archaeologist, Hall produces still life paintings that mine the rich complexity of contemporary urban life.