My work is intended to create thought-provoking and narrative interpretations of historical and
contemporary African American themes and related issues. Often times loosely based on
fictional and or non-fictional stories, these narrative images also strive to provoke the human
emotion, to ask questions, to spark a dialogue. For most of the paintings that I make, the
computer plays an important role in the development process as far as color experimentation,
compositional arrangements of elements, and scale. Although things tend to change drastically
from computer screen to canvas, the computer remains the primary and necessary way for me
to feed and express my ideas. The images used for the collages in some of my paintings can
come from various sources such as African American history books, newspaper copies, and or
internet resources. The personal challenge of dealing with social and or political issues in my
art, from the perspective of an African American artist, fuels that drive in me to want to
communicate in ways that I may not be able to do in more verbal ways.
Ronald Hall's paintings are a kaleidoscopic fusion of urban energy, figurative and narrative by nature. Growing up amidst the crime ridden neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, led him to see art as both an informative and educational teaching tool. Born out of stories of fictional and or non-fictional perspectives of an African American artist, his paintings attempt to challenge the viewers interpretation of what contemporary black art is. Ronald's work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and art museums internationally and throughout the US. A 2016 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture alumnus, Ronald also studied Illustration at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Ronald is currently working on a new body of work that will include Video and painting, and will continue to explore issues and themes that are affecting African Americans and popular culture within historical and contemporary contexts.