William Melton Halsey (American, 1915-1999)
Pont Neuf, Paris
Oil on Panel, signed lower right and titled, signed and dated "1966" on the reverse.
Painting: 12" x 30"
Frame: 13" x 31"
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Halsey is recognized as an abstract expressionist painter and educator. His preferred media are oils, casein and collage, employing bold brushstrokes, applied texture and a layering of color. He has been described as a pioneer of abstract art in the South.
Halsey was born in Charleston, SC where he first studied with Elizabeth O’Neill Verner one of the leaders of Charleston’s 20th century art renaissance. He later trained at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with Iacovieff and Zerbe and was awarded the Paige fellowship to study abroad. However, WWII intervened and he instead travelled to Mexico where he came under the influence of its culture, color and texture.
In 1945, Halsey returned to Charleston where he became a teacher at the Charleston School of Art and the founder of the Studio Art Department at the College of Charleston. He exhibited extensively throughout the United States, including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Fielding, Mantle. Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers