Joice M. Hall

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From my earliest years as a painter, I have used landscape as the focal point of my work.  Although rarely conventional, I consider that my approach to this most Canadian of genres will add to the rich history of Canadian landscape painting.

In the 1970s, I produced a series of landscape paintings containing surreal plant forms that represented human characteristics. These paintings celebrated the cycle of birth and regeneration.  In the garden paintings of the late seventies, the plant forms became more realistic and became metaphors for the human figure, both male and female.  These paintings are in various public collections across Canada, including the Canada Council Art Bank.

During the 1980s, I introduced a nude male figure into the landscape and the final painting in this series was one titled “Floating”. This work consisted of sixteen-canvas panels and was sixty-four feet long. It featured a nude male figure floating in the sky above a continuous landscape of the Banff town site viewed from the summit of Sulphur Mountain. This painting is in the collection of the University of Lethbridge. 

Through the 1990s I continued to use the panoramic format, but on a smaller scale. Canadian and Mexican locations as well as the western American states that were the transition between my studios in Calgary, Alberta and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico were painted on usually long, narrow panels of various metals—copper, brass, tin—or canvas.  These paintings are in various corporate and private collections across Canada and the United States.

In 1999, I painted a series of one hundred canvases, titled “Driving South” that depicted a motor journey from southern Alberta to central Mexico.  Each of these 6” x 9” canvases records a view from inside a moving vehicle, an increasingly frequent location from which landscape is experienced as we enter the twenty-first century.  Five panoramas of the states that I drove through were completed at that time.  This work was exhibited at the Atelier Gallery in Vancouver during the fall of the 2000.  Some of these paintings are in various corporate and private collections in Alberta.

Since moving to Kelowna in 1999, my inspiration comes from the landscape in the Okanagan and I continue to paint in the panoramic format, documenting weather phenomenon and my spiritual connection to this location in Canada.  Many of these series, “Lake Panoramas”, “Storms and Rainbows” and “Variations of Light”, all oil on canvas, have been shown at Wallace Galleries in Calgary and are now in corporate and private collections across Canada.


1960-65 Alberta College of Art, Calgary


2018  GWAII HAANAS/Islands and Sacred Sites, Kelowna Art Gallery, Jan 20-Apr 1, Kelowna BC
2016    The Colour of Winter, Wallace Galleries Ltd., Calgary AB
2010    Joice M. Hall: 25 Years of Painting, Wallace Galleries Ltd., Calgary AB
2010    Surreal.Real.Ideal: The Art Of Joice M. Hall, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC
2007    Variations of Light, Wallace Galleries Ltd., Calgary AB
2005    Swelling Cumulus, Art Ark Gallery, Kelowna, BC
2004    Storms and Rainbows, Wallace Galleries Ltd., Calgary AB
2001    Lake Panoramas, Wallace Galleries Ltd., Calgary AB
2000    Driving South, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver BC
1999    El Dia de los Muretos, Casa Verde Galeria, San Miguel de Allende, Gto.,  Mx. 
1998    Summer Panoramas, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary AB. 
1997    Night Garden Walk, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver BC.
1996    Semana Santa Series, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary AB
1994    Panoramic Landscapes:Cypress Hills Series, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary AB    
1994    Festive Images of San Miguel: 1988-‘93, Centro Cultural el Nigromante, S.M.A.,Gto., Mexico  
1990-91    Floating, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton ON
1990    Ofrenda, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, AB
1998    Joice M. Hall/ New Works from Mexico, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, AB
1987    Floating, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB;  Nickle Arts Museum,  Calgary AB
1987    Joice M. Hall / Figures, Paul Kuhn Fine Arts, Calgary, AB.
1984    Banff Landscapes, Paul Kuhn Fine Arts, Calgary, AB.
1982    Joice M. Hall: Paintings and Drawings, Gallery Quan, Toronto, ON.
1981    New Work, Off Centre Centre, Calgary AB.


2017         Artists in Gwaii Haanas 2016, Haida Gwaii Museum (June 3-July 22), Skidegate, Haida Gwaii BC
2017         Hand-Picked OK, Headbones Gallery (Aug 3-Oct 15), Vernon, BC
2016         Landscapes Reconstructed, (June 19-Oct. 6) Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff AB

                  Shh! Good Art Up and Down The Okanagan Valley, (July22-Sept 10), Headbones Gallery, Vernon BC
2015         Getting Naked, (March 6-May 31) curated by Virginia Eichhorn, The Museum, Kitchener ON
                   OK Be ST, Headbones Gallery, Vernon BC
2014-15  Hibernius, RCA exhibition, John B Aird Gallery, Toronto ON
2013-14  Made in Calgary: The 1980’s, The Glenbow Museum, Calgary AB
2012-13  Okanicon Iconagan, Headbones Gallery, Vernon BC
                  Made in Calgary: The 1970’s, (May-Aug), The Glenbow Museum, Calgary AB
                  Made in Calgary: The 1960’s, (Feb.-April), The Glenbow Museum, Calgary AB
                  OK Thaumaturgy, Headbones Gallery, Vernon, BC
2011         Traditions Illuminated:Celebrating the Halls, The Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary
                   Okanagan Eyes Okanagan-ise, Headbones Gallery, Vernon BC
2006         Mimesis, 2-person exhibition with John Hall, Art Gallery of the South Okanagan, Penticton BC
2005         Oasis, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC
2004         Fire and Rebirth, (Jan-Mar) Art Ark Gallery, Kelowna, BC
                  Landscape Revisited, (Mar-May) Art Ark Gallery, Kelowna, BC
2003         Valley Lakescapes and Still Lifes, 2-person exhibition with John Hall, Art Ark Gallery, Kelowna BC
2001         Spring Show 2002, Wallace Galleries Ltd., Calgary AB
1999         Calgary in Perspective, Muttart Gallery, Calgary AB
1996         Artistas Canadienses en Mexico, Centro Cultural ISSSTE, Celaya, Mexico
1995         Realism Revisited, Muttart Gallery, Calgary AB
                  Cinco Dedos de una Misma Mano, Canadian Embassy, Mexico, D.F., Mexico
1995         Mysteries of the Flesh, Gulf Canada Tower, Calgary AB.
1994         The Human Factor, C.C.A.B. exhibition, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff AB
1990-91   Within Range, U. of Idaho, CCA, Moscow, Idaho, travelling ex., Great Falls, Montana & Missoula                        
                  Museum of the Arts, Missoula, Montana.
1990        More than One, Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary AB
                  Spaces and Places: Eight Decades of Landscape Painting in Alberta, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan
1989        Painting Representing Landscape, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art, Calgary, AB
1988        Celebration 88, Petro Canada Exhibition Gallery, Calgary AB
1987        Contemporary Painting in Alberta, Glenbow Museum, Calgary AB
                 The Exchange Show, Milan, Italy; Stuttgart, West Germany
1986        Faculty Exhibition, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art, Calgary AB                                    
                 Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, Burnaby Art Gallery, Prairie Gallery, Grande Prairie,  Rodman Hall Arts Centre, St. Catherines,                 
                 Art Gallery of  York University, Toronto
1985        A Measure of Success, Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary AB
1984        The First 10, Off Centre Centre, Calgary AB
                 Edge and Image: The Frame in Recent Canadian Art, Concordia University, Montreal QC
1983        Choices, Alberta Art Foundation 10th anniversary exhibition, Provincial Museum, Edmonton AB
                 Le Nu et l'Erotisme dans l'Art Contemporain Canadien, University of Quebec,
                 Montreal QC, Martin Gerard Gallery, Edmonton AB
1982        Body Parts, SUB Gallery, Edmonton AB
                 Canada Council Art Bank Exhibition, IGA Gallery, Toronto ON
1981        New Acquisitions, Glenbow Museum, Calgary AB
1980        Alberta Now, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1977        Alberta Work, Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary AB
                 Painting Now, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston ON
                 New Realist Painting and Drawing, Subway Galleries, Calgary AB
1976        Joice Hall / John Hall, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax NS
                 Eight Calgary Artists, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon SK
1975-76  Alberta Art, organized by the Alberta Art Foundation; travelling to London, Paris, New York and Montreal QC
                 Changes, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina; Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon SK
1974-75  Rose Museum, Glenbow Museum, Calgary AB. (National Tour)
1974        Manisphere, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg MB
                 Fourteen From Calgary, Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton AB.
                 The Prairies, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, QC
1973        Art in Alberta, Eric Harvey Theatre, Alberta Art Premiere Exhibition, Banff AB, Jubilee Auditoriums in Edmonton and Calgary AB
1971        R.C.A. Jury Show, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Confederation Art Gallery, Charlottetown PE
1970        John Hall / Joice Hall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC
1969        All Alberta '69, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton AB
                 Spring Exhibition, Agnes Etherington, Art Centre, Kingston ON


1978    Alberta Panorama, mural, Government of Canada Building, Calgary AB
1982    Floral Landscape #3, Foothills Hospital, Calgary AB


Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary AB
Alberta Art Foundation, Edmonton AB
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa ON
Glenbow Museum, Calgary AB
Government of Canada, Department of Public Works
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon SK
Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary AB
University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge AB

COLLECTIONS - corporate

Canadian Natural Resources, Ltd., Calgary AB
Devon Canada Corporation, Calgary AB
Enbridge Pipelines Inc., Edmonton AB
First Ten Energy Capital Corporation, Calgary AB
Foothills Hospital, Calgary AB Guaranty Trust Co., Calgary AB
G – Tec Corporation, USA
Haywood Securities, Calgary AB 
Inter-Provincial Pipeline, Edmonton AB
Jennings Capital Inc, Calgary AB
MacKimmie Matthews, Calgary AB
MacLeod Dixon, Calgary AB
Suncor Limited, Calgary AB
Talisman Energy, Calgary AB
Trans-Canada Pipelines Ltd AB


2016     2 week Artist in Gwaii Haanas Residency, Gwaii Haanas and Haida Gwaii Museum, Skidegate, Haida Gwaii BC

2015    Hosted a studio visit from 4th year UBC Okanagan students for a discussion and demonstration of my painting techniques

1990    Artist Talk, travelled to Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan as quest artist with the Alberta Art Foundation for the opening of the exhibition Spaces and Places held at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art

1987    Artist Talk, University of Lethbridge AB

1987    Visiting Artist lecture and studio visits, Alberta College of Art (ACAD), Calgary AB

1985-88    Sessional instructor at the Alberta College of Art (ACAD), Calgary, Alberta,  in  third year drawing and second and fourth year painting 

1984    3-month artist residency at Leighton Artist Colony, Banff AB

1979-83    Sessional instructor at University of Calgary, in painting during the spring session

1972-77    Evening class instructor SAIT, Department of Art,  in watercolour and oil painting (Continuing Education, night program)

1971-72    Sessional instructor at the Alberta College of Art (ACAD): foundation year drawing


AINSLIE, PATRICIA, Okanagan Landscapes, article, Lake magazine, a journal of arts and environment, issue 4, 2010
_______, Okanagan Artists in Their Studios, published by Frontenac House
ALBERTA COLLEGE OF ART GALLERY, Albertawork, exhibition catalogue introduction by   Alvin Balkind, p.8, March 1977                     
ANONYMOUS, Olivia and the Nude, article, Alberta Report, June 13, 1980
AGNES ETHERINGTON ART CENTRE, Painting Now 76/77- Joice M. Hall, exhibition pamphlet, Queens University, Kingston, ON 1976/77
BLAKEMAN, EVELYN, On Art, review of Body Parts exhibition at SUB Gallery, U of AB, Edmonton Journal, Sept. 5, 1982 
BAKER, SUZANNE DEVONSHIRE, Artists of Alberta, book published by University of Alberta press, p.6, 1980
COCHRAN, BENTE ROED, Controversial Art Exhibit Found Discouraging and Wanting, review of Alberta Now, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton Journal, May 15, 1980
DYENS, GEORGE: review of “Changes” exhibition at Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery; Vie des Art; 1976.
EWEN  ANNE, Traditions Illuminated: Celebrating the Halls, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of Calgary, curatorial essay by, pp. 14-18, 2011
EDMONTON ART GALLERY, Alberta Now, exhibition catalogue, Edmonton Art Gallery, 1980.
FEHR, KIMBERLY, Art on the Move, WHERE magazine, Calgary, AB., 1994
HOGG, CAROL, 11 Striking Artists- and All of Them Women, review of Changes exhibition, Calgary Herald, June 4, 1976.
HUME, CHRI STOPHER, A Beautiful Thing, review of, Joice M. Hall/Paintings and Drawings, at Gallery Quan, Toronto, Toronto Star, Nov. 20,1982
IRONSIDE, JETSKE, Spaces and Places, exhibition catalogue p.124-125, Alberta Art Foundation, 1985
JOYNER, BROOKS, For Arts Sake, review of Subway Gallery Exhibition, The Albertan, 1978
LAVIOLETTE, MARY-BETH, An Alberta Art Chronicle, Canmore, Altitude Publishing, 2006 p.28, 38-9, 44, 137      
____________, Exploring Contemporary Realism, review of solo exhibition, Lake Panoramas at Wallace Galleries, The Calgary Herald, Nov. 24, 2001
LINDLAND, PAULINE, Celebration 88, exhibition catalogue p.12-12, Petro Canada Exhibition Gallery, Calgary, Feb 1988
MENDELL ART GALLERY, 8 Calgary Artists, exhibition catalogue, introduction by George Moppett, Saskatoon SK, 1976
MYASAKI, HOLLY,  Married to it; Coupled Artist Show Together, Penticton Western News, July 12, 2006
NORMAN MACKENZIE ART GALLERY, Changes; 11 Artists Working on the Prairie, exhibition catalogue p. 16-17, introduction by Carol A. Phillips, Regina, Saskatchewan, 1976
OFF CENTRE CENTRE, The First Ten, exhibition catalogue, p. 35,48, forward by Don Mabie; introduction by Nancy Tousley,  Calgary, Alberta, 1985.
OAKES, JULIE, Okanagan Eyes Okanagan Wise, Headbones Gallery, Vernon, BC, exhibition catalogue, p. 28-29, 2011
OAKES, JULIE: Ok Thaumaturgy, Headbones Gallery, Vernon, BC, exhibition catalogue, 2013
PRIEGERT, PORTIA, John & Joice Hall: Views From the Interior, cover article, Galleries West, Fall 2003, pp 12, 13
_________, A Couple Who Paints Together, Exhibits Together, EVENT arts supplement, Kelowna Daily Courier, June 17-July 1, 2003, p14
_________, Interior Views: The Vivid Realism of Joice and John Hall, Galleries West. Fall, 2003
_________, Artist’s Work Caused Stir in the ‘70’s, article, Event arts supplement, Sunday Courier, Kelowna, BC, May 2, 2010
REID, DENNIS, A Concise History of Canadian Painting, third edition, 2012, pp. 352, 461-2
REINECKE, HELEN, V Festival de Invierno 1994, Atencíon, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., MX
SENST, JOHN, The Artistic Hall Family, Calgary Sun, June 16, 1976
SCHNEIDER, ED, Startling Realism at AGSO, Penticton Herald, July 28, 2006
TAHN, ANDRAS, Disagreeable Art?  It's All Experience, letter to the editor, re: Alberta Now exhibition, Edmonton Journal, June 6, 1980
TIVEY, PATRICK, Faculty Art Show Marks Freedom, Calgary Herald, fall 1986.
TIVEY, SANDRA, JOICE HALL, review of Banff Landscapes, exhibition at Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary; Vanguard Magazine, April, 1985.
______, Floating, exhibition catalogue essay, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta, Sept. 1987
TOUSLEY, NANCY, Some of These Painters Not Yet Ready For Public Scrutiny, review of New Realist Painting and Drawing at Subway Gallery, Calgary Herald, March 10, 1976
________, Alberta Now, review of exhibition at Edmonton Art Gallery,  Calgary Herald, May 15, 1980
________, Exhibit ion Shows Diversity of Drawing Being Done in Alberta,  review of Some Drawings by Some Albertans, at A.C.A. Gallery, Calgary Herald, Nov. 27, 1980
________, Painter Thumbs Her Nose at Taboo, review of, Joice M. Hall/Paintings and Drawings, at Off Centre Centre; Calgary Herald, Sept.10, 1981
________, Alberta Panorama Tailored For Atrium, Calgary Herald, Nov 18, 1984
________, Artist Experiments, review of, Banff Landscapes, at Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary Herald, Feb. 1985
________, Alberta Artists at Leighton Artist Colony”, Alberta Visual Arts Newsletter, 1985
________, Artist Captures Scope, Grandeur of the Rockies, artist in the studio series, Calgary Herald, summer, 1986
________, Figures Transformed into Symbolic Form, review of, Joice M. Hall/Figures at Paul Kuhn Gallery; Calgary Herald, April 18, 1987
________, Floating on View in Lethbridge, art briefs, Calgary Herald, Sept. 4, 1987
________, Artist Attempts Allegory of Spiritual Transcendence, review of, Floating exhibition at Nickle Arts Museum; Calgary Herald, Nov. 1987.
________, Art Links Two Worlds, Calgary Herald, Nov. 1990
________, Magical Panoramas Unearth Wanderlust, Calgary Herald, Dec. 1994
________, Looking at Joice M. Hall, Art in Calgary, Calgary Herald website, May 19, 2010
________, Art in Calgary, review, Calgary Herald , May 19, 2010
VARGA, VINCENT, Aspects of Contemporary Painting in Alberta, exhibition catalogue p. 38-9, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, 1987
WALTERS, JANET, Joice M. Hall/Floating, Gallery magazine, Southern Alberta Art Gallery,   Lethbridge, Alberta, Sept.-Nov. 1987
WILKIN, KAREN, review of, Changes, exhibition, Arts Canada, 1976
WOYWITKA, ANNE, Is it Art or Just Pornography?, letter to the editor re: Alberta Now exhibition at Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton Journal, June 6, 1980
WYLIE, LIZ, Exhibition at KAG May Upset Some Viewers, article, Capital News, April 28, 2010
______, Why Bother? The Urge for Mimesis in the Work of Joice M. Hall, companion essay, exhibition catalogue, retrospective exhibition, Surreal. Real. Ideal at KAG, 2010 


2011    Family of Painters, made for Alberta Primetime in conjunction with the Art Gallery of Calgary exhibition, Traditions Illuminated: Celebrating the Halls,

1984-85    Spaces and Places, VHS, video tape produced by Alberta Art Foundation, to accompany the Spaces and Places exhibition  


Joice M. Hall

Born: Edmonton Alberta, 1943
Price range: $650-$12600