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David Halliday
April 3 – May 23, 2010

Wessel + O'Connor Fine Art is pleased to announce its inaugural event in its new location in Lambertville, NJ. The opening exhibition of recent work by DAVID HALLIDAY continues the gallery's soon-to-be 25 year history of presenting contemporary art and photography in intimate, new settings. Following earlier venues in settings as diverse as Rome, Soho, Chelsea, and Dumbo, Wessel + O'Connor is proud to join the burgeoning contemporary art scene now emerging in this classic Delaware River town.

Lambertville, long associated with serious culinary endeavors, makes for an appropriate setting for Halliday's newest color photographs featuring compositions of food and related floral still lifes. In the early 1990's, David Halliday moved to New Orleans to take a job as a chef, but his keen eye for formal relationships steered him in a different direction. Since 1992, he has been exhibiting his photographs of people, places, and things.

Halliday’s early photographs are in a traditional format, mostly sepia-toned gelatin silver prints that are developed by the artist in his darkroom. More recently, he has been exploring color photography using digital technology to fine-tune each image. Although Halliday has produced many landscapes and portrait photos, this exhibition focuses on his still life compositions using food, an appropriate subject for an artist who began his career as a chef.
Halliday’s photographs of food imagery reveal his penchant for exotic subjects and his fondness for staging a composition to resemble art historical prototypes. The artist’s Box Series, a project begun in 2000, reveals his approach to creating a body of work according to a systematic process. The recent color photographs are also evocative in their art historical associations or metaphoric overtones. Compositions are still organized as the old masters might have painted them, with many of the objects taking on anthropomorphic qualities.

In 2009 Halliday had a major retrospective of his work at the San Antonio Museum of Art, after one at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans in 2002. His works are included in the collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art as well as many private collections. This will be his third solo exhibition with the Gallery.

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