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Brent Hallard

1957 Australia

14 Works exhibited

Current location

Byron Bay

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  • About the Artist
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Bibliography

Brent Hallard is an Australian-born abstract artist, curator and writer whose works on paper and aluminum explore minimalist iconography and monochromatic expressions. 
His work fluctuates between precise, formal examinations of geographic shapes and more playful, idiosyncratic creations.
He is currently living and working in Byron Bay, Australia.


Education

Brent Hallard earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990 and went on to earn his Master of Arts from the University of New South Wales in 1992.


Technique

Using mediums such as markers, watercolors and acrylics, Hallard constructs monochromatic and semi-monochromatic images of recognizable geometric forms such as squares and rectangles on paper and aluminum.

The work often consists of simple forms and clusters of forms, and at other times it escapes the boundaries of line and shape.

Hallard tends to focus on work that conveys precision and exactitude, while also flirting with looser explorations of color and form, creating more experimental geometric abstractions that invite additional layers of interaction from the viewer.


Inspiration

The artist works with the themes of space and geometry, manipulating images and arrangements of objects in order to challenge the perception of the viewer.

His work is deeply rooted in the fundamentals of art history, especially building on the tendencies of abstraction, minimalism and the color field artists.

The work also maintains a certain human quality, incorporating a sense of openness and frivolity suggesting an underlying freedom from formal limitations.


Relevant quotes

Kate Mothes of the Young Space Art Blog said of Brent Hallard's work:

"The paintings...are wonderfully simple. The edges are so distinct and the colors so bright that they very nearly press into optical territory. Some of his pieces are perfectly symmetrical, yet the boundaries shift as we run our eyes from segment to segment, stripe to stripe, as the color plays slight tricks on our eyes. He seems to commit to symmetrical, hard-edged abstraction and then in the next instance make a work...that seems to say he knows these are expected to be hard-edged paintings, but see? Sometimes they're not. And to prove it, he'll color outside the lines."

Notable distinctions

Founder of the Visual Discrepancies Art Blog

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sulman Prize, Juried exhibition, 1986


Exhibitions

Hallard has widely exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Europe and Asia. His work has also been included in several museum exhibitions nationally and in the Netherlands.

Selected Exhibitions
 

2018
Wave, curated, BSA Project Space, Northern Rivers

2 x 2, group show, Olsen Gallery, Sydney

Load, Solo show, Five Walls, Melbourne

2017
0ppler, curated by Mel Prest, Transmitter Gallery, Brooklyn

Mixed Tape, Palmer Art Projects, Sydney

Chromatopia, curated by Louis Blyton, Melbourne

100 years after De Stijl, Openlucht Museum De Lakenhal

Visual Discrepancy, curated for Crawford Gallery, Sydney (2 person)

Trans, curated by Kyle Jenkins, Raygun Projects, Toowoomba

Samenhang, with Jasper van der Graaf and the collection of Camiel Andriessen, Het Kunstgemaal, Netherlands

Dirty Filthy Painting, curated by Michael Cusak, BSA Project Space, Northern Rivers

Line and Space curated by Suzie Idiens, Crawford Gallery, Sydney

Colour and Form, Olsen Gallery, Sydney Contemporary 17, Sydney  

The Shape of Things curated for Artpiece, Mullumbimbi

2016
Drawing Conversations, National Art School, East Sydney

Connect & Collect, SJICA, San Jose, CA

Lavender Strike, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney

The White Collection, Conny Dietzschold Gallery

Hydrography lll, LaKaserna Artspace, Bad Nieuweschans, Netherlands (curated by Henriëtte van't Hoog and Iemke van Dijk)

Engaged Drawing, curated Beatrice Bea, Yifat Gat, Artothèque, Miramas
 

2015

Nolan Projects, organized by John Adair, Nolan Foundation, Wales, UK

Volume, curated by Mary Judge and Enrico Gomez, Schema Projects, New York

Formal Watercolor, Museum Waterland, Purmerend, Netherlands, curated by Piet Knook

Territory of Abstraction, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, curated by Christine Pfister

Paperazzi 4, Janet Kurnowski Gallery, New York


2014

un·bound·ed, bi-coastal and international show focusing on conceptual & reductive practices, Root Division, San Francisco

Doppler Shift, curated by Mary Birmingham, New Art Center, New Jersey

Abstract Realities, Jan Van de Ploeg, Brent Hallard, Richard Van der Aa University of Southern Queensland

Dressed in Pink, Raygun Art Projects, Southern Queensland

Hard-Edge Abstraction, curated by Kasarian Dane and Catherine Tedford, Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York

Paperazzi 3, Janet Kurnowski Gallery, New York


2013

Sydney Non Objective Turns 100, SNO Contemporary Art Projects, Sydney, Australia

The Big small Graphic Art Show, Graphic Studio Daglicht Eindhoven

LIGHT SPACE PROJECTS 2013: Rituals of Exhibition II by The Talent Agency, H Gallery Chiang Mai, Thailand

DOPPLER, curated by Mel Prest, Parallel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

Hydrography - Abstract in Watercolor, De Vishal, Haarlem, The Netherlands, curated by Iemke van Dijk and Henriëtte van 't Hoog.

Rituals of Exhibition curated by Gilbert Hsiao and Giles Ryder Don't Be Selfish, Phayao Thailand

Paperazzi 2 Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, New York

Right and Other Angles curated by Jeffrey Cortland Jones at Soft-spot

Never Underestimate a Monochrome organized by Mariángeles Soto-Díaz through Abstraction at Work Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art


2012

Index #3, publication and exhibition organized by Justin Andrews, Melbourne

Dripping Color Amazement, curated by Brent Hallard, Galerie oqbo, Berlin

Never Underestimate a Monochrome organized by Mariángeles Soto-Díaz through Abstraction at Work, sponsored by the University of Iowa Museum of Art

Doppler Stop, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Berlin and Zagreb?Supermarket 2012 IS Projects/SNO/PARISconcret, Stockholm?

Paparazzi, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


2011

VOID289, UNVOID curated by Naoshi Okura KOBE Biennale, Japan

A Romance of Many Dimensions ?Brooklyn Artist's Gym, Brooklyn, NY

Saturation Point International Survey of Reductive Art, London

Gifting Abstraction Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, curated by Mariángeles Soto-Díaz, NY

Sugarmountain 2 Galerie van den Berge, curated by Clary Stolte, Goes, NL

Chase the Tear NIAD curated by Timothy Buckwalter, Richmond, CA

Recent Movements in Non-objective Art Reuten Galerie, NL

1st International Festival of Non-Objective Art Organized by Roland Orpük Pont de Claix, Grenoble, France

Plane Speaking McKenzie Fine Art, curated by Valerie McKenzie, NY


2010

Informal Relations Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (IMOCA), curated by Scott Grow

Touch + Paris ParisCONCRET

Hydrography: Abstracts in Watercolor RC de Ruimte in IJmuiden, curated by Iemke van Dijk and Henriëtte van ’t Hoog

25 x 25 traveling Sydney Melbourne, New IS-Projects box, curated by Guido Winkler

Fuzzy Logic Thompson Gallery The Cambridge School of Weston, MA


2009

Editionen aus Deutschland den Niederlanden und der Schweiz - Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung, Bonn GKG Bonn

Trans: Form | Color Meridian Gallery, San Francisco 

Personal Space three person show with Richard Roth and Henriette van 't Hoog

parisCONCRET, Paris 

Kosmos Light and Space curated by Guido Winkler Is projects, Leiden, curated 

I-S Box

Trans:formal Pharmaka, Los Angeles 

Pour faire simple parisCONCRET, Paris


2008

T-show Polverara, Italy 

The Space Between San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA 


2007

Trans Weltraum, Marienplatz Munich 

U-shape Minatomirai Yokohama 

Solid Space storefront, Setagaya, Tokyo 

New Wall Drawings Bus-Dori Projects, Tokyo 

 

Visual Discrepancy, Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum, 2017, 100 years after De Stijl ,The Link, Architectural Magazine, Berlin,2017 Lavender Strike, Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum, 2016, Unbounded boxed set of prints 2014, essay by Joan Waltemath, Doppler Shift Catalog, 2014, Doppler NY 2013, Index 3 (publication), 2012, Doppler Europe 2012, Kunstbeed,Nr 9 Sugarmountain 2 2011, An Exercise in Seeing at Brooklyn Artist's Gym by Eric Sutphin, 2011 Catalogue Retour aux Bases / Back to Basics, Pont de Claix, Grenoble, San Francisco Chronicle November 2009, Abstract commingle well… Kenneth Baker, Peter Selz, "TRANS: Form|Color ", Exhibition Catalog Essay, Meridian, Gallery, San Francisco, The Space Between at SJICA Artweek June 2008 ARTKRUSH 2004 micro review by Christopher Elam, Chief Editor of Artkrush, Sydney Gay Games 2002 Review of Powerplay, Sydney Morning Herald October 1990. Fresh Art S.H. Irvine National Trust, Arts Editor, John McDonald Eastern Herald Art Review, Verisimilitudes, D.C. Art, Sydney Writer, Martine Ranby ArtLink, Spring 1994, Non-profits and their Artists Editorial Highlights Minimal Painting by Brent Hallard currently on show at FIRST DRAFT, SYDNEY EYELINE September 1988 Brisbane Art Publication. Brent Hallard -Imperfect Geometries. Interview with Adriane Boag, First Draft Director

Works by Brent Hallard

Order by

2020

60 x 63 cm

2500,00 €

2020

60 x 63 cm

2500,00 €

2020

110 x 120 cm

4500,00 €

2015

36 x 36 cm

1000,00 €

2015

36 x 36 cm

1000,00 €

2014

20.5 x 25.5 cm

700,00 €

2016

61 x 52 cm

2800,00 €

2016

52 x 61 cm

2800,00 €

2016

61 x 61 cm

3300,00 €

W4

2015

20.3 x 25.4 cm

1000,00 €

2014

37 x 37 cm

1100,00 €

2015

30.5 x 46 cm

1100,00 €

2018

32 x 22 cm

850,00 €

2018

32 x 22 cm

850,00 €

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