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David Halliday

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New

Landscapes

Portal Series

Nudes

Color Work

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.


Apricots, 2000

Cauliflower, 2000

Chamomile, 2000

Cherries, 2002

Cherry Tomatoes, 2000

Chestnuts, 2000

Cucumber, 2000

Eggs, 2000

Fig, 2000

Grapes (Full Bunch), 2000

Grapes, small bunch, 2000

Half Melon, 2000

Lemon, 2000

Octopus, 2000

Onion, 2000

Parmesan, 2000

Peach, 2000

Pesca i More / Peach & Blackberries , 2000

Pomegranate Split, 2000

Pomegranates, 2000

Porcini, 2000

Radishes, 2000

Salami & Bacon, 2000

Sardines, 2000

Snail, 2000

Strawberries, 2000

Tomatoes , 2000

Tomatoes Stacked, 2000

Truffles & Cheese, 2000

Walnuts (with Wheat), 2000

White Currants, 2000

White Currants (Small), 2000

Zucchini Flowers, 2000

Color Box Series

Wooden Plank Still Lifes

Wooden Plank Series - Color

Still Lifes

Portraits

Ireland

Tonga

Artist Statement

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.

 

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 sepia tones he uses in his printing.

 

‘Threadbare’/ New Photographs

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.  



Artist Bio

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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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            MacCash, Doug. "David Halliday: A lensman Who Likes New Orleans." The Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 14 July 2000.

            MacCash, Doug. "New Developments: CAC Surveys the State of the Art of Photography." The Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 14 July 2000.

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