New York 1953 - lives in New York
Peter Halley's art is set on Constructivist Colour Field Painting, the composition of his pictures being based on the relationship between - mostly rectangular - forms and the colour fields. As a third element, he adds various colour qualities and surfaces to his repertoire of forms, for instance by using neon and industrial colours or mixing sand or other particles into his paint, adding a three-dimensional relief-quality to his works. On account of these formal aspects of Peter Halley's works, they have been classified as Postmodern Concrete Art and Neo-Geo Art. In terms of content, however, Halley refers to our contemporary semiotic system and forms of communication, especially to digital code systems such as the Internet or circuit diagrams. He perceives this technological structure of the world as a prison of perception, which is why he calls his geometrical colour fields themselves 'prisons'. With his bold colour contrasts and his cultural criticism, Halley combines a powerful aesthetic element with great intellectuality. This makes him one of the leading abstract painters of his generation.
Galerie Thomas Modern represents Peter Halley exclusively in Germany and has shown his works in numerous solo and group exhibitions.
In 2017, Galerie Thomas Modern and Peter Halley jointly published an edition titled “Explosion”.
Peter Halley has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally, including at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich; Rubell Museum, Miami; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Buenos Aires; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt and Albertina, Vienna.
From March 2023, the Musée d'art moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg will present a solo show by the artist.
'I grew up with the notion that paintings create light, that
picturing light was really important. As my work developed, I wanted to
make paintings that created light, not natural light, but an artificial
– Peter Halley
Peter Halley about his artistic approach, his references and concepts.
The artist in conversation with Michelle Cotton, (Musée d'Art Moderne, Luxemburg), David Moos (art advisor and curator, former Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto) and Silke Thomas.
Peter Halley•Artist Talk
Peter Halley•Long Shot