My work is not particularly risky or experimental but it is hard to characterize. I don't know how to judge it. I guess my process is somewhat experimental because I haven't settled into one particular style over a period of years.
From Pam Hall: A Creative Artist with Bureaucratic Insight by Geoff Dale, The Sunday Express, Jan. 17, 1988, p.22.
Pam Hall was born in Kingston, Ontario, in 1951. After earning a bachelor of fine arts from Concordia University in Montreal in 1971, she received a masters degree in education from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. Hall moved to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1973 and began teaching art in the community's schools.
Hall is well-known as an educator and arts consultant. During the 1970s, she was provincial art consultant for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Education and chairperson of the Provincial Task Force on the Arts in Education. Since becoming a full-time professional artist in 1984, she has been active as an advocate for artists, serving as a member of the Canadian Advisory Committee on the Status of the Artist and also as president of Newfoundland's Cultural Industries Association.
Her artistic career began in 1977 with the publication of the children's book Down By Jim Long's Stage, written by well-known Newfoundland author and humorist, Al Pitman. Hall won the Canadian Library Association's Amelia Frances Howard Gibbon Award for her illustrations.
In 1982, she wrote and illustrated her own children's book, On the Edge of the Eastern Ocean. Her first major exhibition of large paintings and drawings, Saltwater Rock,was presented by the Memorial University Art Gallery in 1984.
Hall is a prolific artist and has explored many different media. Her installation piece, The Coil, was exhibited across Canada and in Japan in 1993, in a show organized by the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Coil was purchased by the National Gallery of Canada in 1996. Hall has acted as Art Director for numerous films. The first of her own films, Under the Knife: Personal Hystories, won the Rex Tasker Award for Best Atlantic Canadian Documentary.
In 1997-99, in a project co-sponsored by the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador and Memorial University's Medical School, Hall became the medical school's first artist-in-residence.
Hall has continued to exhibit in solo and group shows in Newfoundland, throughout Canada and internationally. Her work is found in private and public collections including the Permanent Collection of the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, The Canada Council Art Bank, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and the governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Pam Hall lives and works in St. John's.