The George Gallery is thrilled to announce a solo presentation of Charleston artist William Halsey (1915-1999), on view at the gallery May 23- June 22.
The exhibition, Paint on Paper, will present a collection of never before seen works on paper for sale directly from the artist’s estate. Produced in the 1980’s and 1990’s near the end of Halsey’s life, these pieces demonstrate the artist’s increased preference for paint stick, oil pastel, acrylic paint, and collage on paper during this time.
In 1998 Halsey commented, “I take a tube of paint and work on an irregular surface. I have an abhorrence of brushes. I like layers-colors underneath…there’s no subject, no center of interest, no head, no figure. Allover space and color space- an arrangement like stained glass. I like oil-sticks on paper; I can revisit them in a day. I frequently go back and work things out.”
The resulting body of work offers a richness and depth that is not typically seen on paper. Truly paintings on paper, these works show an aptitude for color, movement, and pattern that prevailed throughout Halsey’s career, yet also feature a renewed sense of joy and freedom that the artist enjoyed in his later years.
“At the age I am I’m not concerned about what people think. Now I do what I think is good. I’m painting directly from my internal feelings and hopefully doing what comes naturally and has some basic instinct to it… I’m very happy about where I am. I’m enjoying painting so much. I feel I have been successful.” (William Halsey, 1996)
William Halsey lived in Charleston for most of his life before passing away in 1999. His legacy continues throughout the city, most notably at the Halsey institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, named for the artist. He was a contemporary of the Abstract Expressionist movement and exhibited throughout the country including renowned institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago (1941-43), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1952), the Whitney Museum of American Art (1953), and the Virginia Museum of Art (1983). Solo exhibitions dedicated to the artist were presented at Berkshire Museum, Massachusetts (1939) and Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York (1948- 1953) in addition to two travelling retrospectives on the artist mounted by Greenville County Museum of Art (1972 and 1999). His work is included in numerous collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC), the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (Boston, MA), the High Museum (Atlanta, GA), and The Gibbes Museum of Art (Charleston, SC).
William Halsey: Paint on Paper will be on view at the Broad Street gallery, May 23- June 22 in coordination with Spoleto Festival USA. An opening reception will be held Thursday, May 23 from 5:30pm-7:30pm.
The George Gallery is located in Charleston SC at 54 Broad Street. Regular business hours are Monday-Friday 10-5, Saturday 11-5 and by appointment. You can contact us by phone 843.579.7328 or by email [email protected]. The George Gallery represents contemporary artists working in expressions of Modern Art.