|Café d' la Ramparts, Kerry Hallam|
--color so rich (yet fairly authentic) it almost hurts the eyes.
Copyright, Jim LaneVillefranche Waterfront, 2001, Jim Lane,
my own version of Cote d'Azur azure.
|Cannes, Kerry Hallam. The city of Cannes didn't excite me much in |
visiting there, but Hallam's sweeping version of it certainly does.
|Eze Village, Kerry Hallam|
|Grand Canal, Venice, Kerry Hallam (it's actually a little wider and not quite so blue).|
|Rebecca 2009, Kerry Hallam|
Virtually every painting Hallam has ever done centers around, near, or upon the water. Even his arched interior (more or less) Grand Hotel (below, which Grand Hotel he doesn't say) overlooks the sea. His love of sailing brings him right down on the sea. His Wharf Study jettisons his tradition infatuation with blues (wonder if he sings the blues) in favor of aqua and peach (one of my own favorite combos). Speaking of combos, Hallam has taken his brushes and acrylics talent and applied them to marine charts (maps to landlubbers) with especially engaging results (below, left). Though he's lived in the U.S. since 1973, his colorful paintings chart an itinerary that seems to wind clear around the world.
|Grand Hotel, Kerry Hallam|
|Wharf Study, Kerry Hallam, perfect for behind the bar on board my yacht.|
|Farralones, Kerry Hallam, |
acrylics on old nautical charts.
Hallam seems equally at home working from a Paris rooftop as he is on the 18th hole (below) of his favorite golf course painting (not putting) extremely green greens. His Paris Sunset scene (bottom) is as breathtaking as those from the lower part of the French map (though perhaps a little less colorful). However, keep in mind, Hallam is an unabashed impressionist, though perhaps not the color purist that the original 19th century daubers. Certainly he bears up well under the same inspiration, and don't forget, van Gogh was no namby-pamby when it came to squeezing out bright colors onto his palette. If you like color and lots of it, you're going to love Hallam. If not, either you've never been to the Cote d'Azur or, like many "art appreciators" today, color frightens you a little. If some of the images here seem to be rather low in resolution, at least part of that "slightly out of focus" quality comes from Hallam's Impressionism. The rest is the result of his careful avoidance in allowing high-resolution images of his work to appear on the Internet. The man's no dummy. He knows how the present day art market works.
|The 18th Hole, Kerry Hallam|
|Paris Sunset, Kerry Hallam|