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Kenneth Hall, b.1913

Bird with a Worm1935

While Hall painted a number of views of Achill Island and Connemara, dreamscapes including fish, birds and natural phenomena form the basis for most of the works by Hall in the IMMA Collection. In Dublin, Hall discovered a shop which sold unusual carved toys and birds from India and these influenced his style. In works such as Bird with a Worm, forms are abstracted and pattern-like in quality, with overlapping layers of colour in which shapes are outlined by lines incised in the colour.

MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions26 x 36 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donation, Patrick Scott, 2013
Item NumberIMMA.3839
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Kenneth Hall, Bird with a Worm, 1935, Oil on canvas, 26 x 36 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation, Patrick Scott, 2013

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About the Artist

Kenneth Hall 1913–1946

Self taught as an artist before turning to painting Kenneth Hall was a furniture designer working in London. He first exhibited in 1934 at the Lucy Wertheim Gallery and the following year met the painter Basil Rakoczi, with whom he founded the White Stag Group for the advancement of subjectivity in art and psychological analysis. During the late 1930s Hall and Rakoczi travelled frequently to France and elsewhere on the Continent and became influenced by the surrealist movement. A pacifist, at the outbreak of the Second World War Hall, along with Rakoczi, moved to Galway and on to Dublin in 1940 where he arranged the first White Stag Group exhibition. A leading member of émigré artists in Ireland, Hall continued to organise and exhibit with the White Stag until 1945 when he returned to London. Plagued by ill-health he took his own life in 1946. — View Artist »