Featured Artist Ande Hall

Artist Ande Hall calls her richly patterned animal images “Fauna Fabrications.” Created by painting directly on fabric stretched over board, her animals are bright and magical. Please visit her website to see more of her art.

 

"Flaming Oh!" Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 24" x 48" by artist Ande Hall. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Flaming Oh!” Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 24″ x 48″

 

My large fabric paintings of animals have origins that are both expected and unexpected.

 

"Paisleylusian" Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 24" x 48"by artist Ande Hall. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Paisleylusian” Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 24″ x 48″

 

After a long and varied career in veterinary medicine (broodmare medicine, exotic small mammals, shelter medicine, emergency medicine, small animal medicine and surgery), it is not surprising that animals would figure prominently in my art.

 

"Like the Wind" Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 48" x 36" by artist Ande Hall. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Like the Wind” Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 48″ x 36″

 

I was also a part time ballroom dance teacher for several years, and during that period I developed a lively ball gown design business. By the time I became a painter I had a sizable collection of leftover fabrics. My lifelong recycling habit and my love of patterned fabric were dual forces that led me to begin experimenting with using patterned fabrics in my art.

 

"Rapidly With Extreme Brightness" Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 24" x 48" by artist Ande Hall. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Rapidly With Extreme Brightness” Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 24″ x 48″

 

My first projects utilized fabrics as conventional collage elements; then I decided to try covering an entire painting surface with a single sheet of patterned fabric, and then paint on top of it with acrylics of varying opacities.

 

"Johann" Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 36" x 48"by artist Ande Hall. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Johann” Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 36″ x 48″

 

It is a technique that is unusual, and may be unique. At least, I haven’t seen anybody else doing what I do. The drawing stage of the process can be extremely crazy-making.

 

"Paisley Paws de Deux" Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 30" x 40"by artist Ande Hall. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Paisley Paws de Deux” Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 30″ x 40″

 

Getting my image outlines in place on a patterned surface is a special form of self torture I am proud to say I taught myself. Many times I have found myself swearing, “Never again!” while I am trying to draw a dog or a horse onto a sheet of busy paisley fabric.

 

"Rosy the Jersey" Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 36" x 48"by artist Ande Hall. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Rosy the Jersey” Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 36″ x 48″

 

But once I start painting in background, thereby defining the figure, I begin forgetting my frustration, and am seduced by the satisfaction and excitement of playing with the pattern. So I do keep doing it again.

 

"Power" Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 36" x 48"by artist Ande Hall. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Power” Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 36″ x 48″

 

When I started making these fabric paintings, I was drawing from my sizable stockpile of accumulated fabrics. I became so excited about the concept that I started going to fabric stores looking for new fabrics to transform into paintings. So, rather than shrinking my fabric collection, I now have more fabric than ever!

 

"Jumping for Joy" Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 35" x 35" by artist Ande Hall. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Jumping for Joy” Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 35″ x 35″

 

With each new painting I try to explore some new variation in my “dance” with the patterned fabric. I have so many ideas (and fabrics) awaiting their turn in the realization queue.

 

“Ablaze in Paisley” Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 42” x 42” by artist Ande Hall. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Ablaze in Paisley” Acrylic on Fabric on Cradled Panel, 42” x 42”

 

I feel like I am only just beginning to tap the possibilities of this concept. While I am excited about exploring the ideas currently existing in my imagination, I am even more excited about the prospect of ideas that are yet unborn.

 

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Comments

  1. These are BRILLIANT! I have long used fabric as bits in my pieces as I have more than a wee problem collecting and adoring textiles & trims. It is inspiring to see someone doing something completely different and beautiful with them!

  2. Wow, followed a link on Twitter to this page – I love your work, so original 🙂

  3. Pepper Hume says:

    GLORIOUS!!!! Went thru the collection several times. Can NOT select a favorite!! Love the grey horses, the long haired dogs…. the dainty flowered COW!!!

  4. Lovely! The painting and light are great and so is the integration of the fabric patterns which seem almost as though they were there in real life.

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