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David Halliday
Flotsam & Fig Limb: Still Life Photograph with Figurative Branches and Rope

2017

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Color still life photograph of figurative fig branches with green leaves, measuring stick, and colorful nautical rope against a white and light beige background Flotsam and Fig Limb, 2017 57 X 37 inches unframed and made to order archival pigment print, ed. of 10 From a body of images in continuation of a series first began in Greece in 2007. While reminiscent of previous work in its examination of texture, shape, and form, his subjects take on a mind of their own, getting up and off the confines of the tabletop. His still lifes of found objects curiously resemble a moving figures. The images are often split at the middle into two planes, allowing David to articulate how he experiences color and material relationships. Tops or ‘heads’, if you will are mixed and matched with ‘torsos’ of olive and fig branches that pose against stucco walls in surroundings of dusty concrete. Halliday never ceases to intrigue viewers, as his subjects are transported from the mundane into a realm of fantastical beauty. This series promises to show the sublime inner workings of the artist’s mind. David Halliday has shown with the gallery for over 25 years and has went on to exhibit nationally and in Europe. He now lives and works in Schodack Landing, NY. More about the artist: American, b. 1958, Glen Cove, NY, United States, based in Schodack Landing, NY, United States Elegant still lifes bathed in natural light, so masterfully composed one could forget that it is, in fact, a photograph – this is how we’ve come to recognize David Halliday’s work. The artist first gained recognition for his sepia toned silver gelatin prints of common place objects and food staples, emphasized by sublime balances of form, texture, and shadow one could liken to classical painting. In more recent years the artist began embracing his subject matter with modern pops of color in surreal arrangements; vegetables and fruits eccentrically coupled with fish nets and cutlery balanced on undefined tabletops, seeming to float in midair. Now the photographer is retracting his lens to encompass the studio itself as his subject. In a self-portrait of sorts, Halliday skillfully combines elements of his craft in a modest interior view. Halliday was one of the first artists Carrie Haddad began representing when she opened the gallery 27 years ago. Since then he has exhibited nationally and in Europe. He now lives and works in Schodack Landing by way of New Orleans and Nantucket. Resume Born 1958, Glen Cove, New York Lives in Upstate New York 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 2019 Still Life Like, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY 2018 Group Photography Exhibit, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY 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 SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY Aletti, Vince. "Photo Reviews." The Village Voice, 13 February 1996. Bennett, Steve. “Still life with camera.” S.A. Life, 21 October 2009. Bookhardt, D. Eric. "Art on the Walls." Gambit Weekly (New Orleans), 31 January 1995. Bookhardt, D. Eric. "Open Season." Gambit Weekly (New Orleans), 10 June 1997. Bookhardt, D. Eric. "Postmodern Time Travel". Gambit Weekly (New Orleans), 7 October 1997. Bookhardt, D. Eric. “Inner and Outer Light.” Gambit Weekly (New Orleans), 13 April 2004. Burton, Marda. "Life Behind the Gates." Veranda XV/6 (November / December 2001): 154. De Yampert, Vesta. "Creative Spaces." New Orleans Home and Lifemargin-left:.25in;text-indent:-.5in;tab-stops:45.0pt"> Fairclough, Julia. "Halliday Captures the Exotic with His Photography." Inquirer and Mirror (Nantucket, MA), 27 August 1998. "Heavenly Opportunities, Saints Calendar Party Benefits Charities." The Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 1 September 1999. Hood, Susan. “’Strange Fruit’ In Pottery and Through the Lens: Art Exhibit.”, 29 October 2008. Kennedy, Margaret. "Frame Up". House Beautiful (March 1997). Leddick, David. Naked Men Too: Liberating the Male Nude, 1950-2000. New York: Universe Publishing, 2000. Leddick, David. Male Nude Now: New Visions for the 21st Century. New York: Universe Publishing, 2001. 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. McCulley, Russell. "Still and Alive, Exotic and Mundane: Photographs by David Halliday." Impact 21/2 (January 19 - February 1, 1996): cover, 16-17. McLellan, Marian S. "Downing, Halliday, Hirsch." New Orleans Art Review 15/3 (January/February, 1997): 12-15. Mead, Walter Russell. "Let's Buy Siberia." GQ (March 1993). Pearson, Liz. “An Eye for Food,” Zester, 28 January 2010. 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