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Peter Halley

New York, USA 1953

Halley was born in New York in 1953. During his university studies, he studied Albers (German artist who developed the theory of the square) from whom he draws inspiration for his creations.

The distinctive trait of Halley's works from the 1980s is his painting of geometric figures, in particular irregular squares connected by a conduit. In the 90s however, he develops his creativity by painting lines parallel to each other inside the quadrilateral shapes, which remind us of prisons. He uses canvases with very large thicknesses to create a three-dimensional effect. The colors he uses are fluorescent and metallic, as well as those used by Frank Stella in his sculptures. Halley belongs to the Neo-geo (new geometric abstractionism), an artistic movement that develops in the United States, in which artists create large-scale works consisting of motifs or signs that stand out on flat and colored surfaces.

His works are exhibited in numerous public collections, including: Tate Modern, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Center Pompidou, Paris; Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.


Peter Halley



metallic pearlescent acrylic and Roll-a-Tex on canvas

127 x 135 cm

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