Peter Halley biography

photo: Luciano Perna

Born in New York, NY 1953 | Lives and works in New York, NY


Peter Halley’s practice is usually associated with minimalism and neo-geometric conceptualism. His well-established mode of expression, using geometric abstractions, veils powerful socio-political ideals concerning social structure and the individual's position on the societal totem. Horizontal and vertical lines, rectangles, and squares achieve the form of bars and windows.


His repeated geometric patterns form logical schemes, a type of mathematical rendering that references prisons and other institutions. The paintings’ uniform color surfaces appear as bright as the inside of paint cans. But the real depth of Halley's works can be discerned from their simplified and recognizable linguistic form in which we live, however so bitingly it comments on our distorted reality.


Halley holds a BA from Yale University (1975) and an MFA from the University of New Orleans (1978). 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. He has had solo exhibitions in Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Stedelijk Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His works are included in major international collections, such as Tate Modern, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.  


Galerie Forsblom has been representing Peter Halley since 2006.