Brent Hallard

Born in 1957 - United States


Brent Hallard is an Australian abstract artist, artistic curator and writer . His creations on paper and aluminum explore minimalist iconography and monochromatic expressions.
His creations precisely and formally analyze geographical forms but are also idiosyncratic creations.

He currently lives and works between San Francisco in California and Byron Bay in Australia. Brent Hallard obtained his bachelors in Fine Arts in 1990 and his Master of Arts from the University of New South Wales in 1992. Hallard currently teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute and the California College of Arts.

He uses tools such as markers, watercolors and acrylics, Hallard is able to build monochromatic and semi-monochromatic images of recognizable geometric shapes such as squares and rectangles on paper and aluminum.
His works are often simple forms and clusters of forms, but at times exceed the borders of lines and forms.Hallard mainly likes to express an idea of precision and accuracy while experimenting with the free use of colors and shapes, in order to give birth to new geometric abstractions which invite the spectator to look beyond the work itself.

The artist works on themes like space and geometry, plying with images and object arrangements to boost the spectator's perception.His work has put down roots in the fundamentals of art history, and mainly leans on abstraction, minimalism and ranges of color.
The work is also a portrayal of quality human work, along with a sense of openness and frivolity, highlighting a latent freedom of formal limitations.

Kate Mothes from the artistic blog Young space spoke about Brent Hallard's work:

"The paintings......are wonderfully simple, the edges are extremely distinct and the colors are bright, that they are almost like optical visions. Some of his works are perfectly symmetrical, but the borders seem to move when we move from one segment to another, one line to another, whereas colors play tricks on our eyes. He seems to be devoted to symmetrical abstraction, distinct edges and it's as if his work itself admits that it has clear borders but sometimes it doesn't,as you can see for yourself".

Hallard has exhibited in several groups and individual exhibitions in USA, Europe and Asia. His works are part of several major museums and these include Netherlands.

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

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

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 Realites, 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

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

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

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

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

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

T-show Polverara, Italy
The Space Between San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

Trans Weltraum, Marienplatz Munich
U-shape Minatomirai Yokohama
Solid Space storefront, Setagaya, Tokyo
New Wall Drawings Bus-Dori Projects, Tokyo


2015 Museum Waterland, Purmerend, The Netherlands, Hydrography III
2014 Visual Art Center, New Jersey, Doppler Shift
2013 De Vishal, Haarlem, The Netherlands Hydrography
2012/13 University of Iowa Museum of Art & Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Never Underestimate a Monochrome
2010 Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Informal Relations
2008 San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, The Space Between
1990 S. H. Irvine National Trust, Fresh Art, curators: Felicity Fenner/Anne Loxley
1986 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sulman Prize, Juried exhibition

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