Delmon Brown Hall IV has been “all in” as an artist from day one. It has been, in his own words, “Such a blessing to have a clear focus on the path ahead of me since childhood”. He also recognizes the blessing of growing up in a supportive family who always stood behind him and never tried to talk him into a more sensible profession. He learned from this example, even at a very early age, the magnitude of the gift of being able to follow ones heart.
Del was born in Florida on the second day of 1975 and shortly there after moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia where he lived until graduating high school. Even as a very young man he exhibited his work often and had his first solo show at age 11. He received countless awards and commissions for his work and participated heavily in all available art programs as well as private lessons. He was asked to be a guest speaker and recognized by the Old Donation Center for the Gifted and Talented for being the student with the most years of attendance ever in the history of the Gifted program - from 4th grade through high school graduation. Another highlight of his early years was being asked to participate in the grand opening for the Contemporary Arts Center of Virginia (Now MOCA) as a live painter and exhibitor. He was later voted “Most Talented” by his high school graduating class.
After graduation Del was accepted and attended the prestigious School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He spent many inspiring hours roaming the museum soaking up the works of Masters. It was during his time at the Museum School in the presence of great works of art, faculty that challenged and a network of fellow passionate artists that he came into the early beginnings of his current style. He had previously partaken in all forms of creative outlets he could get his hands on from drawing, sculpture, ceramics, film making and of course painting but now his focus sharpened. Painting. His large colorful non-objective works would now begin to be his sole focus. They have obviously since continued to evolve but their birth was in Boston.
After leaving Boston Del traveled extensively from coast to coast by all available means. Drive, fly, walk and his all time favorite - riding freight trains. All the while making art, all be it - at times in a sketchbook on the side of the highway with his thumb up versus an official studio. None the less, he still found ways to exhibit his art in the form of the now popular “pop-up” gallery event.
With the “travel itch” scratched, mostly... Del returned permanently to Virginia in 2001 and dedicated himself to fulfilling the dream of making his living as a full time artist - which he has done. He carved out a homesite on top of the Blue Ridge Mountains and built a home and studio to raise his family and make his art. An early career highlight since moving back to Virginia was having a painting of his juried into the Peninsula Fine Art Center Biennial by modern painting legend Philip Pearlstein. Del has had numerous group and solo shows. He serves as the Off-Site Exhibition Coordinator for the Shenandoah Valley Art Center, where he is also a member, and he launched the very successful Facebook page “Artist Opportunities in Virginia” as a public service for fellow Virginia artists. In 2012 he co-founded the art movement SatRealism and the supporting arts organization. In their first two benefit shows they personally donated over $1,200.00 of sales to cancer research for local hospitals. When asked to try and best sum up what ties the artists of SatRealism together Del has said “We believe in the seemingly simple yet profound truth... if your heart is open - abundance will follow... and why? because you can hear those gentle whisperings... you will know what to do” and “We believe when someone is doing something that opens their heart, in our case, creating art - it makes a difference. .. people can feel when something has been done motivated by Love.” As the president of SatRealism, LLC Del continues to organize shows for it’s artist members and the charities they choose to support.
Del is now a nationally exhibited and collected artist with works in over 75 private and public collections. His paintings continue to be sought for “Arts in Healthcare” projects due to the calm and peace they exude as well as his ability to provide very large works for these public spaces. A recent highlight of his public collections was a 5‘x12’ painting commissioned for the new Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia which later in 2012 was voted the most beautiful hospital in America. It is the largest piece in the 700 plus piece collection of all original works. In addition to his other scheduled 2014 shows, Del recently accepted an offer to have a solo show at the NIH galleries in Bethesda, Maryland.
Del has always been interested in things of a Spiritual nature and thus his paintings reflect this. The artist says they are “representations of the Spiritual force that creates and sustains all life - the Light and Sound of God” His experiences while dreaming at night have also played a part in the inspiration for his paintings. In 2013 he began facilitating a “Dream Study Retreat” in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where he helps people of all walks of life learn to better recall their dreams and live a more fulfilling life by applying the wisdom contained within. There is a sense that Del has a deep gratitude and reverence for his art and the things in his life which makes his life a joy to live. When asked how he knows when a painting is done... he replied “When it sings”