David Halliday

David Halliday's photographs are about beauty, pure and simple. His primary subjects are carefully composed still lifes, portraits and landscapes which he shoots in black and white film with only natural light. He is a purist behind the lens, rarely manipulating his negatives in any way and a master in the darkroom. His work has an ethereal quality that's translated not only through the subject, but also by the warm colors and sepia tones he uses in his printing.

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Side Tables


Wooden Plank Series - Color


Color Work


Wooden Plank Still Lifes


Color Box Series


Box Still Lifes


The Past Still Present: A master of light, New Orleans photographer David Halliday produces lush and elegant images that are both classical and modern. Using window light to illuminate his subjects, Halliday's direct formal approach offers a fresh take on the historic art prototypes of still life and portraiture. The simplicity of his visual language produces images that transcend time.



Color Still Lifes


Sepis Still Lifes


Color Triptychs


Thread Bare


‘Threadbare’

David Halliday’s photographic series, titled ‘Threadbare’, profoundly builds on his previous work, at once announcing the photographer’s maturity as an artist. Provocative iconography of lost Americana- heavily decayed objects whose original intention has been exhausted- is given a new sort of vitality as his subject matter. The series began with a discarded map, used as a dartboard, that Halliday found stapled (by a prior occupant) to the wall of his upstairs bedroom. It has become the anchor, of sorts, for the group of images presented in the exhibit.

“I carefully took the frayed and faded map off the wall, piece by piece, and for the last 10 years or so have kept it stored in a ziploc bag. This year, it was time to pull it back out again. I had the individual parts scanned, visualizing it as seen in the gallery, fragmented, but whole nevertheless. The condition of the map, of America, seemed timely. The rest of the puzzle came together quickly thereafter- the giant ‘squid’ rope, an old pirogue boat, the barnacled life preserver and weathered signs- all old objects figuratively extracted from the geography of this tattered map.”

Halliday’s images, spun out of the artist’s emotional response to a lost (fading?, diminished?) America, can feel political, ecological, and very personal. Through collage, he has re-scaled the objects to fit within his visual framework, informing the viewer of a new context for their inanimate life. Halliday’s haunting work communicates a timeless narrative; lost, found and ultimately uncertain of what lies next. Simply threadbare.



Fishing Bobbers


Landscapes


Portal Series


Portal Series

Spending time in Nantucket on and off my whole life and living in New Orleans these past twenty years--water has been an ever present element. A couple of years ago, I found myself in an old Nantucket fishing shanty that belonged to my mother’s lone wolf neighbor, George Andrews. He passed away some 15 years ago at the age of 85 and left behind a place filled to the gills with all of his gear-nets, buoys, clam rakes, scallop dredges, ropes and more. These objects were not about leisure but about individual commerce and an elemental way of life. As eccentric as this man may have seemed to many people on the island, he was a true dory fisherman to the end.

It goes without saying that I was attracted to these objects--great textures, patterns, beautiful forms and colors, the patina of everyday use. As I began to photograph them, my eyes tuned in more and more to these weathered implements--engaging remnants of a fragile and vanishing dispensation. Wherever I went I would find these coastal odds and ends; even in my own shed were objects left behind by previous owners which I had paid little to no attention, had suddenly become of great interest to me and my present work. Amidst the endlessly streaming coverage of the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico along with the seemingly continual conversations and debate regarding over-fishing in Northeast waters—gave these objects I was photographing a more topical significance.



Nudes


Portraits


Tonga


Installations


Resume

Resume

Born 1958, Glen Cove, New York

Lives in New Orleans

EDUCATION

1998 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina

1988 The Maine Photographic Workshops, Rockport, Maine
1976-79 Syracuse University, New York
1974-76 Wooster School Community Art Center, Danbury, Connecticut

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013 Threadbare/New Photographs, Arthur Roger Galley, New Orleans, LA

McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, TX

2012 The Past Still Present, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

2010 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Wessel+O’Connor Fine Art, Lambertville, NJ

Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA

Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA

2009 Culinary Delights, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX

Two Decades: David Halliday, Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson, NY

2008 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Still-Life, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

Watermark Gallery, Houston TX

Strange Fruit: David Halliday and Greg Kuharic, La Motta Fine Art, Hartford, CT

2007 George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006 Penultimate, 12 Orange Fine Art, Nantucket, MA

Artifacts: Photographs by David Halliday, MOCA Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL

2005 Watermark Gallery, Houston, TX

2004 George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Sailor’s Valentine Gallery, Nantucket, MA

The Box Series, John Stevenson Gallery, New York, NY

Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID

Still Lifes and Landscapes, Bassetti Fine Art Photographs, New Orleans, LA

2003 Wooded Scenes, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

2002 Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

Edward Carter Gallery, Lewes, DE

2001 Wessel + O’Connor Fine Arts, New York, NY

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

Bassetti Fine Arts Photographs, New Orleans, LA

Sailor’s Valentine Gallery, Nantucket, MA

2000 Fong / Heimerdinger Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID

Wessel + O’Connor Fine Arts, New York, NY

Sailor’s Valentine Gallery, Nantucket, MA

1999 Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA

Bassetti Fine Arts Photographs, New Orleans, LA

Sailor’s Valentine Gallery, Nantucket, MA

1998 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

(X) Gallery, Nantucket, MA

1997 Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Bridgewater / Lustberg Gallery, New York, NY

Bassetti Fine Arts Photographs, New Orleans, LA

1996 Cole Pratt Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Bridgewater / Lustberg Gallery, New York, NY

1995 Cole Pratt Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Icons Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Gallery of Contemporary Art, Hudson, NY

1994 Bridgewater / Lustberg Gallery, New York, NY

Icons Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1992 Icons Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Warren Street Gallery, Hudson, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2007 The Dark Room, New Orleans, LA

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

2006 Emotional Rescue: Three From New Orleans, Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC

2005 In Search of Eden, Stephanie Hoppen, London, England

2004 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

2003 Sailor's Valentine Gallery, Nantucket, MA

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Nantucket, MA

2002 Sailor's Valentine Gallery, Nantucket, MA

Bassetti Fine Art Photographs, New Orleans, LA

2001 Festival Garonne, Toulouse, France

Edward Carter Gallery, Lewes, DE

2000 The Selective Eye, Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID
Contemporary Photography by Emerging and Established Talent, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Photography Now, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
Revelations: Male Nudes, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

1999 Male IV, Julian Hartnoll Gallery, London
Young Work, New Work, Locus Gallery, St. Louis, MI
Twig, Los Angeles, CA

1998 Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS
Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are, Hanson Gallery, New Orleans
Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA

1997 Carnival, Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington, DC

Entergy Louisiana Open, The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

1996 The Portrait, Marlborough Gallery, NY
Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN

1995 Southside Gallery, Oxford, MI

1994 Warren Street Gallery, Hudson, NY
Brown's Fine Art, Jackson, MS

1992 (X) Gallery, Nantucket, MA
Pittsfield Museum, Pittsfield, MA

COLLECTIONS

New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, CT

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

Banana Republic

Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee

New Orleans Museum of Art

Banana Republic

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