Adam Halls

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Textile Paintings 

Adam Halls is tucked into the corner of a small hut, his studio. On his right hangs a work in progress, glis- tening in the cold day light. I look through the shed window at the full grass fields, beyond, to the valley and over the moor; this is Adams palette. I study the unfinished embroidery – the wavering layers of late summer yellows and muted greens: Adams colours in Adams place.

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Halls has the awakened eye of a poet. His embroideries speak of connectedness, within nature, as opposed to observing it. Adam was born on his great grandfathers farm on Bodmin moor. He points to a hill with a shadow of a neolithic stone circle. Adams roots are deep and he will continue to live his life in this raw and mysterious place.

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It would be banausic to unpick the process of making these embroidered paintings. Stitching is slower and more reflective than drawing, the works take their time. Halls titles: Mine House, Wash House Wall and Cornish Lime say enough.

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Currently there is gallery focus on male artists who use textiles to create art. Grayson Perry, Chris Offilli, Nick Cave, Michael Brenand-Wood and Richard Tuttle are part of the new art establishment. Young male artists from Africa, Mexico, Poland and South America have no cultural hang ups about using fabric and thread. Historically, a woman’s craft, the use of embroidery in the contemporary art world, is thankfully, gender neutral.

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