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artist , painter , university professor

Peter Halley , is an abstract artist from New York City.


Halley, Peter was born on September 24, 1953 in New York City.


Bachelor, Yale University. Master of Fine Arts, University New Orleans.


Early life and careerHalley first came to prominence as a result of the geometric paintings rendered in intense day-glo colours that he produced in the early 1980s. His practice as an artist is usually associated with minimalism and neo-geo. Halley is also known as a writer, publisher and teacher.

He received his B.A. in 1975 from Yale University and his M.F.A. in 1978 from the University of New Orleans. He stayed in New Orleans for two more years until he moved to New York in 1980. He has lived and worked there ever since.

Halley first exhibited in 1985 at International with Monument, an art gallery in New York City's East Village. Since then, he has had exhibitions with Maruani & Mercier Gallery, Mary Boone Gallery, Sonnabend Gallery, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Jablonka Galerie, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, and Waddington Galleries. The first major survey of his work was held at the CAPC museum in Bordeaux, France, in 1992.

Halley has lectured extensively, including at the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy in Rome. In 2001, he received the Frank Jewett Mather Award for art criticism from the College Art Association. From 2002 to 2011, he was Director of Graduate Studies in Painting and Printmaking at Yale School of Art. and Art Plural Gallery.


  • He was a co-founder of Index Magazine and published the magazine from 1996 to 2006.


  • painting

    • Joy Pop

    • The Time Machine

    • Apartment House

    • Lost in Translation

    • Cartoon Network

    • Bubble

    • Prison & Cell with Smokestack & Conduit

    • Condition

    • Day-Glo Prison

    • Power User

    • Super Size

    • Soul Control

    • Double Elvis

    • A Perfect World

    • Nirvana


Halley's writings on art, influenced by French post-structuralism, have been published in two volumes.