Marshall Hall was introduced to the world of art by his father, an amazing artist himself. Early on Marshall's influences were the abstract expressionist and pop movement artists, including Warhol, Rosenquist, Johns, Indiana, Oldenburg, Stella, Kline, Louis, Newman, Rothko, Still, Gottlieb, et al. In college he dreamed a vision of combined abstraction and pop imagery, which has been his focus and pursuit for most of his personal art career. Hall's vast portfolio includes artwork commissioned by restaurants, hotels, casinos and private clientele across the country. Clients have included: Embassy Suites, Sheraton, Coco’s, Carrow’s, El Torito, Chi Chi’s, Elephant Bar, Ruth’s Chris, Friendly’s, Excalibur, Tropicana, Freemont, Stratosphere and Harrah’s casinos just to name a few.
WCG: How did you get to be where you are now as an artist?
Hall: My work is based upon a dream I had in college. That dream became the “Car door” painting. Pretty much all my personal work since then has been an exploration of that singular concept.
WCG: What does being an artist mean to you?
Hall: Having the career path of an artist has been the greatest and most challenging gift I can imagine. Few other careers have such an endless learning curve. It has been a lifelong pursuit that has never failed to intrigue me. The only thing that can compete with doing artwork is being able to share the knowledge and experience that comes from it.
WCG: What is your ultimate goal when it comes to your work?
Hall: I would simply desire the freedom to continue pursuing my vision. What the world does with that is outside of my control.
WCG: What two art-related achievements are you the proudest of?
Hall: I have put artwork in the form of paintings, murals, graphics and design in over 1100 hotels, restaurants and casinos. Other than that, I have had the pleasure of sharing a lifetime’s worth of artistic knowledge that I have gained throughout my career. Watching other artists bloom and grow is truly exciting for me.
WCG: What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Hall: There is an endless amount of learning to be done in this field. Becoming an artist is not an overnight quest. Instead, concern yourself with the pursuit of your creative passion for the rest of your life, regardless of the titles and accolades. Ours is a visual, spiritual, emotional and mental quest. If you’re not interested in a lifelong journey into uncharted areas, most often lacking fame or recognition, this might not be the field for you.
Marshall's Closing Remarks: When I first came up with my personal vision, people didn’t know what to make of it. It was outside of their experience and, as such, off-putting and controversial. Nonetheless, I have always felt compelled to follow this vision. Apparently times have caught up with me at last as I’m finally finding an audience that sees what I have always seen. It was just a matter of time- 37 years to be exact. I can’t imagine ever letting this vision go. I am currently beginning a new approach to my life’s work. How that pans out only time will tell.
SGB Featured Work (May - June 2017)
72" x 42"
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
Based on a dream vision
42" x 42"
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
Continuing the dream
Acrylic on Canvas
Inspired by the Matrix.
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Facebook: Marshall Art-Studios