Marilyn Hallam — Dress on the Stairs: works from 1986 to 2012

21 March - 19 April 2021
  • Collaged photographs, 1975. Preparatory work for Barely Palatable 1975-76.

    Collaged photographs, 1975. Preparatory work for Barely Palatable 1975-76.

  • Marilyn Hallam was born in Yorkshire in 1947. She studied fine art at the University of Reading where she met and married the painter Clyde Hopkins.

    She lives and works in south east London and St Leonards-onSea and has a space in the APT Studios in Deptford.

     

    "I have always admired and been fascinated by the intricate, slow way that Marilyn builds her paintings. Looking in on her various studios over the years I marvel at the layers of drawing, tracing and photocopying, the collaging and reconstruction that goes on. This exploratory work accumulates and is sifted through, well before she begins to paint on canvas. That is what intrigues me - how her search leads to resolution, her preparation to realisation. The completed paintings are airy, with light flowing through them, and for all their complexity they are vividly direct, immediately radiant."

    Mali Morris RA, January 2014

  • Fridge and Mirror, 2002-4 oil on canvas 137 × 99 cm (54 × 39 in) (MH008)
    Fridge and Mirror, 2002-4
    oil on canvas
    137 × 99 cm (54 × 39 in)
    (MH008)
  • Ariel and Rye, 2012 oil on canvas 110 × 85 cm (43¼ × 33½ in) (MH005)
    Ariel and Rye, 2012
    oil on canvas
    110 × 85 cm (43¼ × 33½ in)
    (MH005)
  • Dress on the Stairs, 1986 oil on canvas 137 × 91 cm (54 × 35¾ in) (MH001)
    Dress on the Stairs, 1986
    oil on canvas
    137 × 91 cm (54 × 35¾ in)
    (MH001)
  • Hallam in her London studio, 1979.

    Hallam in her London studio, 1979.

  • 'Hallam's choice of subject matter is conservative, even pointedly commonplace: views through a window, interiors, still life, people by the sea. However, there is nothing conservative or commonplace about the treatment. In 1994 I wrote of this work: " … treated here without a trace of that secondhand softness that sometimes tries to pass for the Bonnardesque … (the paintings are) tough and put together with a cool lightness of hand which conceals the lucid pictorial intelligence which has gone into their making." What I had not taken wholly on board at that time is the highly evolved artifice involved in these complex works. Despite being figurative, or 'depictive' as Hallam prefers, these are not naturalistic paintings. Every component is subject to the demands made by considerations of scale, surface flatness, edge and design, the literal facture and objective truths of what a painting actually is.'

    — Cuillin Bantock, 2008

  • Private View Card November, 1996-99 oil on canvas 107 × 76 cm (42¼ × 30 in) (MH002)
    Private View Card November, 1996-99
    oil on canvas
    107 × 76 cm (42¼ × 30 in)
    (MH002)
  • Get Well and Star Chart, 2001 oil on canvas 107 × 76 cm (42¼ × 30 in) (MH003)
    Get Well and Star Chart, 2001
    oil on canvas
    107 × 76 cm (42¼ × 30 in)
    (MH003)
  • Kneeling, 1993 oil on canvas 152 × 122 cm (59¾ × 48 in) (MH010)
    Kneeling, 1993
    oil on canvas
    152 × 122 cm (59¾ × 48 in)
    (MH010)
  • Preparatory work for Kneeling, 1993.

    Preparatory work for Kneeling, 1993.

  • November Yawn, 1990-91 oil on canvas 137 × 99 cm (54 × 30 in) (MH004)
    November Yawn, 1990-91
    oil on canvas
    137 × 99 cm (54 × 30 in)
    (MH004)
  • "Going into the studio, I could wish that, after all these years, I had a system or failsafe mechanism that would allow me to execute daily portions of work in a finite and cumulative manner. However … I am always glad that I do not have this safety net, though I am slow and timid without it."

    — Marilyn Hallam, 1998

  • Studio at 6 Willow Street, Shoreditch, London, that Hallam shared with her husband Clyde Hopkins and the painter David Redfern,...

    Studio at 6 Willow Street, Shoreditch, London, that Hallam shared with her husband Clyde Hopkins and the painter David Redfern, 1973/4

  • Annie Oakley, 1996-98 oil on canvas 122 × 84 cm (48 × 33 in) (MH006)
    Annie Oakley, 1996-98
    oil on canvas
    122 × 84 cm (48 × 33 in)
    (MH006)

  • Hallam, pictured in clothes she designed and made, at her Masters of Fine Art degree show, 1972.

    Hallam, pictured in clothes she designed and made, at her Masters of Fine Art degree show, 1972.

  • Candlestick, 2008-9 oil on canvas 137 × 91 cm (54 × 35¾ in) (MH007)
    Candlestick, 2008-9
    oil on canvas
    137 × 91 cm (54 × 35¾ in)
    (MH007)
  • Photo 1, 1994 oil on canvas 114 × 99 cm (44¾ × 39 in) (MH009)
    Photo 1, 1994
    oil on canvas
    114 × 99 cm (44¾ × 39 in)
    (MH009)
  • Hallam, photographed by Tony Nandi, 1990.

    Hallam, photographed by Tony Nandi, 1990.

  • Marilyn Hallam — Dress on the Stairs is presented in collaboration with Greg Rook Advisory