“My work is an expression of my everyday life as a Chicagoan. I work hard as an artist like the Pullman Porter worked hard on the trains. My work is meant to be versatile so I can relate to a universal audience.”
Andrew Hall (b. 1986) has been inspired by urban architecture and transit from an early age, and began drawing at the age of three. Fascinated with the Metra station and Green Line stop close to this home, he wanted to capture the power of the trains and the local architecture of his West Side neighborhood.
His development in studying architectural forms through careful observation and long hours of intensive drawing reflect his dedication to his craft and his personally driven nature. Though most of his mixed media works are smaller than 8″ x 10”, they often take Hall over a month to complete. He has evolved an equally intensive portraiture style; his subjects stare with arresting gaze at the viewer through carefully chiseled jawlines and colors so well blended, it’s hard to believe they are created with colored pencil. His work exemplifies how an artist can build up an image entirely of minute components to describe a particular place or mood.
In 2014, Hall was awarded a commission to design a public art project for the Chicago Transit Authority, at the 47th Street Red Line Station. Based on the architecture and history of the Bronzeville and Back of the Yards neighborhoods, Hall’s drawings were recreated on a large scale in laminated art glass by the renowned German workshop Franz Mayer of Munich. Hall’s solo exhibition at Project Onward, “Bronzeville to Bavaria,” featured his CTA concept drawings, as well as artwork inspired by his trip to Munich to work with the glass artisans who created the station panels. The 47th Street Station artwork was installed in February, 2015, and can be seen by thousands of public transit riders every day.
Andrew Hall joined Project Onward in 2007 and lives in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.