Peter Halley

Peter Halley was born in New York (1953).

He studied at Yale University, where he gained his BA (1975), and at the University of New Orleans (MFA, 1978).

Since 1980, Halley has lived and worked in New York.

Peter Halley's geometric paintings are engaged in a play of relationships between what he calls “prisons” and “cells” – icons that reflect the increasing geometricization of social space in the world in which we live.

Halley first came to prominence as a result of the geometric paintings rendered in intense day-glo colors that he produced in the early 1980's. His practice as an artist is usually associated with minimalism, neo-geometric conceptualism.

Since the mid-1990s, Halley has produced site-specific installations for exhibitions and as permanent public works. These projects have been realized at the State University of New York, Buffalo (1998), the city library in Usera, Spain (2002), the Banco Suisso d’Italia Art Collection, Turin (2003), the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas (2005), and the Gallatin School at New York University (2008).

Halley has also written on art and culture throughout his career. His early essays, which address post-structuralism, post-modernism, and the digital revolution of the 1980s, have been anthologized in two books of collected writings. In 2001, he received the Frank Jewett Mather Award from the College Art Association in the U.S. for his critical writing.

From 1996 to 2006, Peter Halley published Index magazine, which featured in-depth interviews with creative people.

He has taught at Columbia University, UCLA, and the School of Visual Arts. Since 2002, Halley has been the Director of Graduate Studies in Painting and Printmaking at the Yale University School of Art.

Halley’s works are held in the permanent collections of:

MoMA (Museum of Modern Art, New York) 

Guggenheim Museum, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York 

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Kunst, Vienna
Krefelder Kunstmuseen, Krefeld, Germany 

Eli Broad Foundation, Santa Monica, California
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pitsburg, Pennsylvania

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

Peter Halley

  • Peter Halley - Lockdown

    Lockdown
    2006
    Acrylic on canvas
    173 x 209 cm

  • Peter Halley - Lost Signal

    Lost Signal
    2006
    Acrylic on canvas
    204 x 191 cm

  • Peter Halley - Stacked

    Stacked
    2006
    Acrylic on canvas
    183 x 190 cm

  • Peter Halley - Primary

    Primary
    2006
    Acrylic on canvas
    183 x 183 cm

  • Peter Halley - Artifact

    Artifact
    2006
    Acrylic on canvas
    183 x 212 cm

  • Peter Halley - Collacation

    Collacation
    2004
    Oil on canvas
    182,5 x 182,5 cm

  • Peter Halley - Fair Game (diptych)

    Fair Game (diptych)
    2010
    Day-glo acrylic, pearlescent and metallic acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
    203 x 407 x 10 cm

  • Peter Halley - Grey Area

    Grey Area
    2010
    Day-glo acrylic, pearlescent and metallic acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
    203 x 223,5 x 10 cm

  • Peter Halley - No Strings (diptych)

    No Strings (diptych)
    2010
    Day-glo acrylic, pearlescent and metallic acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
    228,5 x 315 x 10 cm

  • Peter Halley - Tangled (diptych)

    Tangled (diptych)
    2010
    Day-glo acrylic, pearlescent and metallic acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
    228,5 x 315 x 10 cm

  • Peter Halley - New Law

    New Law
    Day-glo acrylic, pearlescent and metallic acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
    203 x 223,5 x 10 cm

  • Peter Halley - Flipped

    Flipped
    2010
    Day-glo acrylic, pearlescent and metallic acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
    203.5 x 198.4 x 9.8 cm

  • Peter Halley - Impulse

    Impulse
    2010
    Day-glo acrylic, pearlescent and metallic acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
    203.5 x 208.3 x 9.8 cm

  • Peter Halley - Untitled

    Untitled
    2008
    Acrylic, day-glo acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
    190.5 x 201.93 cm

  • Peter Halley - Untitled

    Untitled
    2007
    Acrylic, Day-Glo acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
    190,5 x 190,5 cm

  • Peter Halley - Recursion

    Recursion
    2008
    Acrylic , Day-Glo acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
    190,5 x 184,15 cm

  • Peter Halley - Lost for Words

    Lost for Words
    2009
    Acrylic, day-glo acrylic, metallic and pearlescent acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
    190.5 x 183 x 10 cm

  • Peter Halley - Laws of Rock

    Laws of Rock
    2009
    Acrylic, Day-Glo acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
    190,5 x 285,75 cm
    Exhibitions: Peter Halley: Big Paintings, Feb 6 - May 31 2015, Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme

  • Peter Halley - Six Prisons in Colour

    Six Prisons in Colour
    2004
    Acrylic, Day-Glo acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
    190,5 х 190,5 cm

  • Peter Halley - Untitled

    Untitled
    2007
    Acrylic, Day-Glo acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
    190,5 x 201,9 cm