About the artist
Best known for his minimalist geometric abstract compositions of neon-colored plane squares and lines, Peter Halley is a painter, printmaker and art theorist associated with the Minimalist, Neo-Geo, and Neo-Conceptualist movements.
In the 1980s, Halley then began painting his prisons and cells, often connected by conduits, using florescent Day-Glo acrylic colors and Roll-a-Tex textured paint. These new colors and commodity-like materials used to create minimalist prison put into questions the rigidity and supposed neutrality of Minimalism itself. Indeed, with these geometric icons, Halley connects the language of abstraction to the actual compartmentalization of space in modern urban architecture and society. Over time, Halley complexified his work by gradually increasing the number of cells, conduits and prisons in his compositions.
Born in 1953, Peter Halley currently lives and work in New York City.