Small Monster III
Artist DetailsName: William Halsey
Birth: 1915 Death: 1999
Artwork DetailsDate of Work: 1996
Period: 20th Century
Type: Work on Paper
Medium: oil on paper
Dimensions: 15 x 11inches
Credit: Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Collector's Series 2000
A Charleston native, William Halsey has achieved wide recognition as one of the premier artists of the South’s modernist movement. His early training included studies with Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, and courses at the University of South Carolina and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 1939, a James William Paige fellowship helped he and his wife, South Carolina artist Corrie McCallum, travel to Mexico where they toured the countryside drawing and painting. By 1942, the couple had returned to Charleston and became two of this city’s most influential artists.
Halsey and his wife taught at the Art School of 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. While early in his career, Halsey created landscapes, still-lifes, and portraits, he is best known for his Abstract Expressionist works.