Arthur Hall Biography

Arthur Hall




Western painter and printmaker Arthur Hall was born in Bowie, Texas, in 1889, and was raised in Oklahoma and Virginia. His formal art training began in the 1910s at the Art Institute of Chicago, but was interrupted by his service in World War I. After returning to the U.S. in 1919 he continued to travel, visiting much of eastern seaboard before making his way west to New Mexico and Arizona. He then settled in Kansas, working as a court stenographer, and in 1922 he married artist and fellow Art Institute student Norma Bassett. 

They traveled for two years throughout Europe, furthering their art studies in in England and France. Among Arthur's mentors was E.S. Lumsdsen, whose style would greatly influence Hall throughout his career. In 1942 the Halls moved into the former home of artist Gerald Cassidy in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Together, they became charter members of the Prairie Print Makers Society, and in 1950 they purchased an estate in the village of Alcade, New Mexico, turning it into an art school and studio. The Halls established themselves as artists and art patrons in both Santa Fe and Taos, and Arthur Hall focused on printmaking, exhibiting regularly throughout the Midwest and Southwest, as well as California, New York, and in Paris, France.

After Norma's death in 1957, Arthur focused on watercolors. He remarried in 1963 and relocated to Albuquerque not long after, where he continued to paint until his death in 1981.

Member: Society of American Etchers; Chicago Society of Etchers; New York Society of Etchers; California Society of Etchers; Prairie Print Makers; Southern States Art League; California Print Makers (charter member).

Exhibitions: Midwestern Artists Exhibition, 1924, '25, 1929-'33; 14th Annucal Kansas Artists Exhibition, 1938; Smithsonian Institute; Library of Congress; California State Library; Bibliotheque Nationale de France.

Awards: Bryan Prize for best group of American prints, International Exhibition, Los Angeles, 1927; bronze medal, etching, Midwestern Artists Exhibition, 1932; silver medal, drypoint, Midwestern Art. Exh., 1933; Shope prize, 1937.