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Interview with Ally Hall

Step into the vivid world of Ally Hall, a creative spirit whose artistic journey spans a lifetime of colourful experimentation and an unquenchable thirst for creative expression. From the early days of airbrushing in the exuberant ’80s to ventures into the realms of fashion design and the mastery of diverse mediums, Ally’s artistic evolution has been a tapestry of eclectic experiences.

With an extraordinary twist of fate, Ally found herself on an online drawing course, stumbling upon the mesmerising works of Mal Mc Cudding, which ignited a unique artistic revelation. Today, she affectionately labels her style as “quirky intuitive.”

In this exclusive interview, we delve into Ally’s compelling artistic vision, her unwavering passion for stirring emotions through her art, and her boundless quest to unveil intriguing stories within her canvases.

Join us as we embark on an inspiring journey through Ally Hall’s creative world, where freedom, intuition, and vibrant colours reign supreme.

Ally Hall - Dropping the boys off
Ally Hall – Dropping the boys off
Ally Hall - Waiting for the Tube
Ally Hall – Waiting for the Tube
Ally Hall - Hey Hare, what are these?
Ally Hall – Hey Hare, what are these?

A Journey into the Creative World of Ally Hall: Embracing Quirky Intuition in Art

Allow me to introduce myself—I’m Ally Hall, and my lifelong relationship with art has been nothing short of a colorful adventure. Ever since I was a child, creativity has flowed through my veins, leading me down a winding path through various artistic forms. From my days as an airbrush artist during the vibrant ’80s to forays into fashion design and dalliances with different mediums, my artistic journey has been a tapestry of experimentation. I even spent three years perfecting the intricate art of painting with wool and journeyed to Seattle to uncover the secrets of hot wax artistry. My recent artistic revelation came through an online drawing course where I stumbled upon the work of a remarkable artist named Mal Mc Cudding. His creations inspired me to embark on a unique artistic adventure of my own, one that I fondly describe as “quirky intuitive.”

Could you describe the art you love creating in more detail?

The art that truly resonates with my soul, and the art I love creating, can be aptly described as “quirky intuitive.” It’s a style that gives me the freedom to follow my creative instincts without constraint. What drives me is the desire to infuse my art with an explosion of colors, dynamic movement, and an unapologetic expression of emotion. I want those who view my art to not just see it but to feel something, to be compelled to linger and discover intriguing stories within the canvas.

What influences your artistic vision and style?

My artistic vision is shaped by the interplay of color, movement, expression, and emotion. I find inspiration in the world around me, from the everyday moments that shimmer with hidden beauty to the profound emotions that connect us all. My aim is to create art that resonates with the human experience, stirring emotions and sparking curiosity.

Are there any present-day artists whose creations resonate with you and that you find particularly compelling?

Indeed, there are contemporary artists whose work captivates me, as mentioned earlier, Mal Mc Cudding being one of them. Additionally, artists like Andre van Vuuren and Kate Gotgens have caught my attention. Another two artist that that I love are Katja Leibenath and Alexis Shofield.

Among the various materials you engage with, which one do you find the most fulfilling to work with, and what draws you to it?

At present, my preferred medium is acrylic paint. I’m enamored by its rich, creamy texture, vibrant colors, and the need to work quickly with it. Acrylics offer a sense of immediacy that allows me to capture the essence of a moment and infuse it into my creations, making each piece a unique expression of the present.

Can you walk us through your artistic process, starting from the initial spark of an idea to the realization of the finished artwork?

My artistic process may seem unconventional to some. I begin by smearing paint across the canvas without a predetermined plan. Then, I simply gaze at the evolving composition, patiently waiting for something to emerge. It’s a process that embraces spontaneity and allows my subconscious to guide me. The final result is a reflection of the unique and spontaneous journey each artwork takes.

Could you share some insights into your current creative endeavors and projects?

My creative journey is ever-evolving, with new goals continually unfolding before me. One recent achievement that fills me with pride is making it into the top 100 portrait awards. It was my first attempt, and now I’m eager to enter again, with bigger and better aspirations. Moreover, I’ve scheduled a course for October with Professor Elfrieda Dryer, a prospect that promises to open new horizons for my creativity and expand my artistic vistas.

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