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ARTIST STATEMENT

 

George Halvorson’s art reveals an everyday life in which the viewer is invited to pause and reflect.

 

Offering moments of tranquility, he employs the disciplines of his design background and its classic elements in creating his carefully considered compositions.

 

While the world may feel consumed by uncertainty and doubt, George Halvorson’s art rejects cynicism. His paintings offer a counter narrative of optimism and hope, recognizing a shared humanity within ordinary moments. He embraces the occasions when life is good  and celebrates what is to be human with a voice of kinship and empathy. His finely wrought paintings strive to portray strength in the commonplace, and gratitude in the small moments.

 

Graphic clarity provides reassuring balance within Halvorson’s work. Intentionally controlling the path of the eye’s focus, the artist takes his viewers on a journey within his paintings. The subtle use of color, pattern, and the precise placement of objects direct the gaze within a hierarchy of importance. He works to infuse his work with a sense of stability, security, and comfort through his mastery of graphic balance and visual control. 

 

Using a palette of vibrant and evocative hues, Halvorson works to capture a particular mood and the essence of each moment through a synthesis of color, light, and texture. His discerning use of single-source light creates dimension and contrast, while hearkening back to the Old Masters. The texture he employs is both visual and tactile. His selective use of pattern and a softly finished surface add a playful personality to the story.

 

With a wink, Halvorson reminds us that the small moments in life aren’t so minor after all. Much of life is lived in small moments. Miss them and one risks missing the lessons, wisdom, and happiness they offer. 

                                                                                                                   

ARTIST CV

 

GEORGE HALVORSON

American, b.1952

Lives and works in Minneapolis MN

EDUCATION

1974-1975     BFA Minneapolis College of Art and Design

1973-1974     California College of the Arts

1971-1972      University of Minnesota

 

RECENT EXHIBITIONS

2024             Waterworks 2024  Group Show

                       Ric Michel Fine Art, Southampton NY

2024             5th Anniversary Show, Group Show

                      Rubine Red Gallery, Palm Springs CA

                             

2023            Wonderings, Solo Show

                     Rubine Red Gallery, Palm Springs CA

2022            Paintings+, Group Show

                     Douglas Flanders Fine Art, Minneapolis MN

2021                 New 22, Solo Show 

                           Douglas Flanders Fine Art, Minneapolis MN

COLLECTIONS

Private Collection, New York NY                            

Private Collection, Baltimore MD

Private Collection, Palm Beach FL

Private Collection, Houston TX

Private Collection, Phoenix AZ

Private Collection, Los Angeles CA

Private Collection, Minneapolis MN

Private Collection, Palm Springs CA

Private Collection, Saint Paul MN

Private Collection, Park City UT          

Private Collection, Asheville NC

Private Collection, Laguna Beach CA

PROFESSIONAL

Executive Board Experience

1997-1999      Board of Directors Member

                        Minneapolis College of Art and Design         

1998-1999      Ad Hoc Professor 

                        Minneapolis College of Art and Design

2001-2003     Board of Directors Member 

                        Penumbra Theatre, St. Paul MN

Professional Work Experience & Recognition

1976-2016       Art Director/Creative Director 

                    Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Chicago

1976-2016      Numerous National/International awards

                        Clio Awards, Cannes Film Festival, and multiple other.  

Contemporary Paintings by Minneapolis Artist George Halvorson

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