Doris Hall Biography

Doris Hall




Born in Lakewood, Ohio on February 5 1907, Doris Hall studied painting in Provincetown, Massachusetts with the noted American artist Charles Hawthorne (1872 – 1930). She later returned to Ohio where she graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1928. Hall subsequently studied printmaking with Kalman Kubinyi, founder of the Cleveland Print Makers Club, whom she married in 1933.

Hall was a successful artist in her own right, who first trained as a painter with Charles Hawthorne in Provincetown, Massachusetts and later at the Cleveland School of Art where she graduated in 1929. While studying in Cleveland, she met artist Kalman Kubinyi who was teaching printmaking. They later collaborated on a long and successful career in enameling beginning in the 1940s.

Doris Hall first began to experiment with enameling in 1941, firing the enamels in a kiln her husband had built in their home. Fundamentally a colorist, Hall was attracted to the medium’s richly varied palette and its potential to suggest visual depth through layers of transparent and opaque enamels.

While Hall is most often acknowledged as the creative artist, she frequently collaborated with her husband on both the design and construction of her pieces. Kubinyi typically hammered out the metal forms that Hall decorated with her highly experimental designs. In 1950, the Kubinyis left Cleveland, the center of enameling in the mid-20th century.

Kubinyi and Hall opened a gallery and studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts. They later opened a studio/gallery in downtown Boston, and finally a studio in Stockbridge, where Kubinyi also directed the art department for Hans Maeder’s Stockbridge School.

Doris Hall Kubinyi died in New York on June 6, 2000.