My art began in Southern California at a time when east coast artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe, and Robert Longo merged with the Venice. Since than I have participated in a variety of shows which include, the prestigious Works on Paper show at the Armory on Park Avenue, Geometric installations at Natoosi in Sun Valley, Idaho, the homage to Marcel Duchamp at Abraham Lubusky Gallery in New York, etc. However, through my experience and love for my art the base of it has persisted.
Abstract, textural, biographical and subjective have all been characteristics that describe my artwork. I take pride in challenging the viewer to create their very own narrative through my artwork which ultimately establishes a relationship between my artwork and the viewer. This idea came from my biggest source of inspiration which is well-known artist Jackson Pollock and his relationship experimenting with the abstract.
From painting and drawing in my early days of being in artist, I have used all source of materials to invent and explore. However, as I developed as an artist I also realized that sculpting and exploring the concept of filling physical space would better suit my purpose as an artist, that is to challenge you to make an understanding of what you’re seeing based on your surroundings. To evoke this relationship, my artwork takes you through the motions and intentionally plays with the light that is put under it, above it, below it etc. making the art ever changing much like who I am as an artist.
size 20″ x 16″ x 3″
medium Enamel, Epoxy, Resin, Fishing Wire
Born in New York City in 1952, Hally Thacher was raised in San Francisco and received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976. She continued her studies at the Art Students League in New York. Summers were spent in Rhode Island with her aunt, the architect Mary Otis Stephens, who, with her late husband Thomas McNulty, built the Lincoln House in Lincoln, Massachusetts, a Modernist classic.
In the mid-eighties, Thacher’s art career began in southern California at a time when east coast artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Salle, and Robert Longo merged with the Venice group that included Ed Moses, Robert Graham, and Frank Geary. Thacher’s first solo show was at the Main Street Studio in Santa Monica in 1984. For the next six years her diverse works, from abstractions to figurative, were the subject of solo shows around Venice, California, including the West Beach Café and 72 Market Street. Her subject matter ranged from a powerful series of horse paintings to her black-and-white “tile” hieroglyphs. She produced her first public installation in 1991 for Earth Day in Los Angeles.
Later that year, Thacher moved to the not-yet fashionable meatpacking district in New York. Her circle included downtown artists such as Richmond Burton, appropriation artist Mike Bidlo and abstract painter John Willenbecher. In 1993 she was part of a group show at The Waters Gallery and in 1996 she had a solo show at the Harwood Gallery. In 1995 she participated in the prestigious Works on Paper show at the Armory on Park Avenue. Two years later, in 1997, her geometric installations were exhibited at Natoosi in Sun Valley, Idaho. In a return visit to San Francisco, Thacher’s solo show at the ODC Gallery opened in 1999. That year, she was part of a homage to Marcel Duchamp at the Abraham Lubusky Gallery in New York, an exhibition that went on to the Venice Biennale in 2001 and has been on continuous, worldwide display for six years. After moving to Long Island in 2001, she had a solo show at the Patrick/Youngblood Gallery in Sag Harbor, which featured her sculptural “Mask” and “String” series. That winter, she began creating her permanent art installations in the high desert outside Palm Springs.
In 1990, Thacher was awarded the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Award. Her work has been the subject of major articles in The New York Times, ARTnews, The Utne Reader, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and in European publications. She appeared in the documentary Art City with such artists as Louise Bourgeois, Brice Marden, Chuck Close, Richmond Burton, and Neil Jenney.