b. 1993, United States

Chase Hall Biography

Self-trained artist Chase Hall confronts the generational traumas of America's racial history and the realities of his biracial identity through a practice spanning sculpture, photography, video, and, most notably, figurative paintings.

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Early Years

Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Hall grew up between Chicago, Las Vegas, Colorado, Dubai, and Los Angeles, before settling in New York.

With no formal artistic training, Hall educated himself by using canvases and paints that had been discarded by students at New York University.

Chase Hall Artworks

Chase Hall's multidisciplinary practice seeks to explore the hybridity of the Black experience based on his own upbringing, navigating his identity as a biracial individual in America.

Whilst Hall works across sculpture, photography, and video, he is best known for his energetic figurative paintings rendered in acrylic and coffee pigment on cotton canvas. Foregrounding acts of labour or images of community, Hall's paintings are filled with individuals such as jazz musicians or farmers going about their daily lives.

His use of cotton canvas and coffee beans is integral to his conceptual treatment of Blackness in his practice. Both agrarian materials, cotton and coffee are notable for their role in perpetuating modern racial trauma, while the tonal contrast between the two materials alludes to the hybridity of race.

Chase Hall Exhibited

In March 2022, Hall received his European debut exhibition at the Zurich and New York-based Galerie Eva Presenhuber—a month after the gallery announced their representation of the artist.

Hall's use of coffee as a pigment is one of the most unique aspects of his practice and featured heavily in the exhibition, titled Clouds in My Coffee. Producing almost alchemical results, Hall uses varying levels of coarseness and fineness in the grounds of the bean to achieve a broad spectrum of browns in his backgrounds.

Made by first pouring and then painting the coffee over the white cotton canvas in dappled brushstrokes, Hall's paintings—including Early Bird (2021), Jarvis and the Goldfish (2021), and Spelling Bee (Eureka) (2022)—celebrate the beauty of tonal differences and the hybrid nature of race across society today.

Introducing Hall's practice for his European debut, Ocula Advisory remarked, 'Hall gracefully depicts individuals and groups going about their daily lives, foregrounding acts of labour in some instances, whilst in others exploring images of community or leisure.'

Awards and Accolades

Hall has participated in numerous residency programmes in the U.S., including at the Silver Arts Project, New York in 2021, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams in 2020, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2019.

Exhibitions

Chase Hall has been the subject of the solo exhibitions Aleczander, C L E A R I N G, New York (2021); and Half Note, Monique Meloche, Chicago (2020). Group exhibitions include Black American Portraits, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2021); Young, Gifted, and Black, University of Illinois, Champaign (2021); Rested, Nicola Vassell Gallery, New York (2021); Often Vary Never Change, C L E A R I N G, New York (2021); Élan Vital, MoCA Westport, Norwalk (2021); This Is America | Art USA Today, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort (2020); Show Me The Signs, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles (2020); Art On The Grid, Public Art Fund, New York (2020); Life Still, C L E A R I N G, New York (2020); Next of Kin, Various Small Fires, Seoul (2020); and Now & Then, Jenkins Johnson Projects, New York (2019).

Collections

Hall's work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the family collections of Beth Rudin De Woody, Rebecca and Martin Eisenberg, and the Rubell Family, among others.

His work is also held in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, among others.

Website and Instagram

Hall's website can be found here, and his Instagram here.

Annabel Downes | Ocula | 2022

Chase Hall
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Calm Seas Don't Make A Good Sailor by Chase Hall contemporary artwork painting
Chase Hall Calm Seas Don't Make A Good Sailor, 2023 Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas
243.8 x 121.9 cm
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2023 by Chase Hall contemporary artwork painting
Chase Hall 2023 Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas
170.2 x 221 x 3.2 cm
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Between The Face and The Lip by Chase Hall contemporary artwork painting
Chase Hall Between The Face and The Lip, 2023 Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas
274.3 x 154.9 x 3.2 cm
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2023 by Chase Hall contemporary artwork painting
Chase Hall 2023 Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas
182.9 x 152.4 x 3.2 cm
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The Man Who is Building Things by Chase Hall contemporary artwork painting
Chase Hall The Man Who is Building Things, 2021 Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas
182 x 151.5 x 4 cm
Reserved
Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Early Bird by Chase Hall contemporary artwork painting
Chase Hall Early Bird, 2021 Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas
182.5 x 152 x 3.5 cm
Not for sale
Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Tuskegee by Chase Hall contemporary artwork painting
Chase Hall Tuskegee, 2021 Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas
182.5 x 121.5 x 3.5 cm
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Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Sluggers by Chase Hall contemporary artwork painting
Chase Hall Sluggers, 2021 Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas
182.5 x 152 x 3.5 cm
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Galerie Eva Presenhuber
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David Kordansky Gallery contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles, United States
David Kordansky Gallery Los Angeles, New York
Galerie Eva Presenhuber contemporary art gallery in Maag Areal, Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Seoul, Zurich, Vienna
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