Rocks, Sand, Sea

Artist Details

Name: William Halsey
Birth: 1915 Death: 1999
Nationality: American

Artwork Details

Date of Work: ca. 1958-59
Subject: ,
Medium: acrylic, sand and mixed media on panel
Dimensions: 17 3/8 x 45 inches (sight)
Credit: Gift of Mrs. C.M. Carre

A Charleston native, William Halsey achieved wide recognition as one of the premier artists of the South’s modernist movement. Halsey and his wife Corrie McCallum taught at the Gibbes Museum of Art and were an active influence on several generations of young artists. He helped establish the studio arts program at the College of Charleston, and worked as an assistant professor and artist-in-residence for nearly twenty years. Early in his career, Halsey created landscapes, still lifes, and portraits; however, he is best known for his Abstract Expressionist works, like this painting. Known to agonize over the titles of his paintings, the carefully selected words offer insight into Halsey’s thought process.

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