Brent Hallard

Sydney (Australia), 1957


Inspired by spaces and geometrical forms, Brent Hallard (1957) manipulates both the image and the arrangement of the object, so the observers and their perception could be challenged. His abstract art is minimalistic and exploring monochromatic expression. He sticks to minimalism, as the forms of a square and rectangle are making his art widely recognizable.

Hallard often make things at one scale and send them out at another. At many occasions he does not even get to see the final work. But in the studio, his workplace, he tinkers and takes time to reflect. Hallard tends to not like categories; doen’t like to be labeled and prefers flexibility. ‘The things I make are simple, and I like it to stay that way.’ Hallard works towards making the language he uses, say things in even simpler terms. Challenging the labels is fun; looking for simpler and more effective or immediate ways in which to present the challenges requires work. And for him, working with that balance is fine.

For Openlucht Museum De Lakenhal Hallard has created a wall mural that oscillates between flat and 3-dimensional space.

Hallard received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990 and Master of Arts in 1992 from the University of New South Wales. He teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute and the California College of the Arts. He also works as a curator and has a blog met dialogen met kunstenaars: Visual Discrepancies.

Brent Hallard (1957) was born in Australia and is currently living in San Francisco. He has recently participated in Formal Watercolor, Museum Waterland, Purmerend, Territory of Abstraction, Pentimenti Gallery, Philedelphia (VS), Doppler Shift, New Art Center, New Jersey (VS), Hard-Edge Abstraction, Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, St. Lawrence University, New York (VS), KOBE BIENNALE 2011, Kobe (Japan), Sugarmountain 2, Galerie van den Berge, Goes, Gifting Abstraction, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, NY, NY, 1st International Festival of Non-Objective Art Pont de Claix, Grenoble (FR) Plane Speaking, McKenzie Fine Art, NY, NY, Informal Relations, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (IMCOCA) (VS) and Recent Movements in Non-objective Art, Reuten Galerie, Netherlands.

Recent curated events include 2014 Unbounded SF, Root Division, 2013 Dripping Color Amazement, Galerie Oqbo, Berlin, 2011 A Romance of Many Dimensions, Brooklyn Artists Gym, NY and 2010 Touch + Paris, ParisConcret.

The Space Between, 2008
The Space Between, 2008