28.10.10 by Jeff

Michael Hall

“Reclamation”, paintings by Michael Hall.

artist painter painting michael hall

artist painter painting michael hall

artist painter painting michael hall

artist painter painting michael hall

artist painter painting michael hall

via: b/d

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • http://cargocollective.com/pi314 panayotis ioannidis

    nice blog; thank you!

  • Wybjorn

    The talent is obviously there, but where is the meaning, the thought, the intelligence? maybe I’m missing something, but if you are just doing this, you might as well just take a photograph

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      try to visit the artist’s site once in awhile it usually provides some insight:


      Reclamation is a painterly exploration of the coastal defense structures located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Based in the history of landscape painting, but injected with remains of the complicated military history in the region, the paintings imagine the bunker’s further dissolution into the landscape and highlight their isolated and largely forgotten past.

      While in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, I became fascinated with the bunkers dotting the landscape of the Marin Headlands. The coastal defense bunkers remain in a dilapidated form today – resting military monoliths in the now public lands. Facing the persistent Pacific Ocean, the bunkers are slowly being reclaimed by nature and giving way to erosion. My interest in them is their former function as observation outposts: always on guard, looking out for a threat that never came. As objects of protection and defense they also carry the weight of militaristic control. For me, along with those dialogues, they are a metaphor for the artist – an active but stationary observer.

      • gabriel

        I love the paintings and I like the concept. But questions like the one Wybjorn posed always make me wonder. Does the artist have to justify his work like this? Isn’t it enough to simple present it, does he have to explain it to people who might not get it? It seems to me nowadays many times people forget about the art itself and get entangled with the surrounding dialogue, it’s puzzling, really. And artists themselves play along, maybe yearning for legitimacy.

  • http://www.flickr.com/bastiencest Seba

    Just great!

  • lapetitefaon

    yes! I absolutely love harsh man made structures that look lost and out of place in nature. These are such beautiful paintings!

  • http://flickr.com/photos/leonardosang Leopard

    I love bunkers and I love this. Just a fantastic display of skill and art (:
    *Good one Jeff

  • http://www.Ontaskfamily.com Just-Ontask

    This reminds me of the bunkers near San Fran.

  • michelle

    reminds me of the hatch from LOST 😀

  • dyllan

    AMAZING. so realistic. i cannot imagine the time it took per painting. so talented.

  • urs

    I love these paintings. they are intriguing and that is enough. . .

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Watch the video below!

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Free Learning of the Day: Skillshare Classes

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This is for all you aspiring photographers, illustrators, and type designers out there! We’ve teamed up with Skillshare to offer you 1 month of unlimited access to all their creative classes, for $0. Free. You can sign up here for a premium account: Booooooom + Skillshare 30-day extended trial.

I’ve been personally trying out some of their classes and I just blazed through this great class on designing a single letter: “One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time” by the amazing Jessica Hische (I’ll always refer to her as the one who did that fantastic Moonrise Kingdom type). She has so many useful tips in this, especially when she talks about properly using handlebars and plotting points in Illustrator.

From what I’ve seen so far these classes are a great way to brush up on something you may have learned a long time ago or a chance to learn something completely new. Full disclosure: Skillshare did not pay us to make this post, however if you sign up through this link it will support our site! Absolutely no pressure to do so – I still recommend their site as a worthwhile resource even if you don’t use our link!

You can watch a preview of Jessica Hische’s class below!

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