Theme/Style – Modernism, Berkeley School, portraits, landscapes, Abstraction
Media – Oils, watercolors, gouaches, temperas, murals, sculpture, printmaking
Artistic Focus – The “Father” of the Berkeley School style of painting – a manifestation of American Regionalism that superimposed a modern aesthetic based on two-dimensional design – John Haley influenced an entire generation of UC Berkeley painting students with his Modernist gouaches that used large areas of color overlaid by thin black lines to outline shapes. His approach, whatever the medium, offered a graphic way of presenting the world, and employed a light line and a neat, precisely delicate hand, with his use of color more often expressing feeling rather than communicating form. Haley’s work as a Northern California artist often focused on urban and industrial themes. Throughout his career, Haley participated in, and often led, the profound changes that transformed European and American painting and sculpture in the 20th century.
Career Highlights –
• John Charles Haley was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1905, and trained at the Minneapolis School of Art before studying with Hans Hofmann in Munich and André Lhote in Paris.
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