Peter Halley studied at Yale University, from where he received his B.A. in 1975. Halley went on to receive his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Orleans. Peter remained in New Orleans for 2 years after completing his schooling, but after this period he moved to New York City, where he lives and works to this day. Halley first came to be recognized for his geometric paintings, rendered in intense day-glo colors and attributed to the movements of minimalism, neo-geo, and neo-conceptualism. Halley has been known to tour the United States, giving lectures to art students around the country. He went on later in his life to become a world renowned art critic. Halley was the co-founder of Index Magazine, which he published from 1996 to 2006.
This untitled work by Halley is exemplary of his geometric paintings for which his art work gained notice. The figures on this canvas consist of Mondrian style lines and geometric delineations, but with a neon flare to color pallet. Halley creates dynamic canvases which engage with the construct of painterly discourse via the use of basic painting elements, such as line and color, and then supplementing the colors of antiquity with those of modernity.
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