Nigel Hall

Nigel Hall RA was born in Bristol in 1943 and studied at the University of the West of England, Bristol (1960-64) and the Royal College, London (1964-67). Following graduation he won a Harkness Fellowship, and until 1969 lived and worked in Los Angeles, travelling in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

A selection of group and solo exhibitions include: Galerie Andres Thalmann, Zurich (2012); Annely Juda Fine Art, London (2011); Galerie Scheffel, Bad Homburg, Germany (2010); Sala Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca (2009); Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2008); Galerie Scheffel, Bad Homburg, Germany (2007). Hall has also been commissioned to make many site-specific works, which include: The entrance to the Australian National Gallery, Canberra (1992); a two-part wall relief in painted and gilded wood for the entrance of Providence Towers, Dallas (1989); and a freestanding steel sculpture for the entrance to Thameslink Road Tunnel, London Docklands (1993).

Nigel Hall's works are principally made of polished wood or steel and concerned with three dimensional space, mass and line. His abstract and geometric sculptures give as much prominence to voids and shadows as to the solidity of material and each work changes with light and viewpoint reflecting the landscapes that inspired them. In 1970 he produced his first tubular aluminium sculptures in which he explored ways of encapsulating space in a linear manner, thus manipulating our perceptions of it. A sense of place and placement have always been integral to his work, and shadows play a role equal to that of line, mass or void, as do changes of aspect from altered viewpoints. An almost minimal refinement and economy of means has recently given way to robust forms which still remain very carefully considered in their configuration. These refer obliquely to mountain landscape, which alters dramatically when the viewer moves within it.


Nigel Hall, Within Without, 2000

Nigel Hall


CASS Artworks by Nigel Hall


The Now

In placing a wedge and a cone together in positions that individually would be impossible to sustain, Hall enables them …