Portrait photo of artist Peter Halley

Peter Halley

Societal structures in orthogonal fluoro.

“I'm certainly not an activist artist, but I think, as an artist or writer, the way you respond to political and social events isn't always directly addressing them, but how it affects your language and the emotional resonance.”

Peter Halley creates fluorescent, diagramatic paintings suffused with social commentary. His circuit board-like canvases connect regimented arrangements of rectangles with precise, perpendicular lines. Alluding to what he calls the “geometrisation of modern life,” Halley observes parallels between the structures of electronic networks, prison cells and city planning. Dazzling neon palettes echo th...

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Peter Halley (he/him) was born in 1953 in New York, USA, where he continues to live and work.


Halley’s paintings appear in the collections of major institutions including Tate, Whitney, Guggenheim and MoMA.

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In addition to a prolific painting career, Halley is also a renowned critical writer – specifically for his work on the digital revolution. He is also an educator, previously Director of Graduate Studies in Painting and Printmaking at Yale School of Art. Robert Nava cites him as a formative influence.

Collaborations with Peter Halley