GIL HALLER






“In his exceptional style, inspired by vintage magazine images and old family photo
albums that go back to the early 20th century, Gil Haller manages to distill
history and culture into paintings and drawings that serve almost as time capsules: life that has stood still.

Haller’s palette draws an interesting and unique black and white range of colors,
managing to extract a wide tonal range of emotional expressions, of time and space,
temperature and mental statements.

Haller’s outstanding talent does not come out only by his phenomenal technical
abilities, which by themselves are considered virtuoso, but by his ability to avoid sliding into over-sentimental expressions or mannerism. The restraint in Haller’s paintings and superb punctuality give the feeling of a time-tunnel that the perceiver is being drawn into, yet without a nostalgic and saccharine remembrance.
These paintings crafted by Haller are a mirror to a lost period, without being anachronistic; they are wonderfully contemporary, fresh, yet very touching
and moving.

But along with his ‘historic’ paintings, Haller practices perceptual colorful compositions, taken from his everyday life, travels and immediate family sights and experiences. These pastoral landscapes and mis-en- scènes, might be perceived as a multi-dimensional doubting examination of the current present, which does not come across as taken straight from reality, where as the realistic b&w images are crystal clear but taken from a far, distant recollection, as trying to cling on a solid, safe to remember past.

Gil Haller carries the torch of excellence in contemporary painting, while respecting yet questioning representational imagery of past culture, along with the tradition of realistic-figurative painters”

Sagi Refael
Art Historian & Curator
February 2011

  1. 1979 ●  IsraelEducation2001-2004     Jerusalem Studio School (Israel Hershberg).

    Courses with Stuart Shills, Neal Reilly, Rita Natarova,

    Eldar Farber and Ben Tritt.

    2002-2003    ISA (International school of art) Umbria, Italy.

    2 semesters on a student exchange program.

    Studied with Bruce Gagnier, Ron Cohen, Dan Gustin

    and Allen Feltus.

    2000-2001     Jerusalem print shop.  Etching techniques with Sharon Polyakine

    1997-2000     Studied sculpture in “Create a space” – Paul Harrison Taylor.

    Exhibitions

    2015            Artstation gallery, Tel-Aviv – Have we met before ? (Solo)

    2014            P8 gallery, Tel-Aviv – Tough and tender (Group)

    2014            Artstation gallery, Tel-Aviv (Group)

    2013            SWAB, Barcelona international contemporary art fair

    2013            Artstation gallery, Tel-Aviv – Point of views (Group)

    2012            Artspace gallery, Jerusalem – You had to be there (Solo)

    2012            Ferrate art gallery, Tel-Aviv (Group)

    2012            Stern gallery, Tel-Aviv – On the line (Group)

    2012            An open gallery on buildings, Tel-Aviv municipality

    2012            Me contemporary, Copenhagen – What is Real? (Group)

    2011            Stern gallery, Tel-Aviv – What’s in a landscape? (Group)

    2011             Preview Berlin

    2011             Stern gallery, Tel-Aviv – Petite (Group)

    2011             Tel Aviv Harbor, Toy (Group)

    2011             Tavi art gallery, Tel-Aviv – Ghosts (Group)

    2010             Tavi art gallery, Tel-Aviv – Crossing of the fantasy (Group)

    2010             Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris (Group)

    2010             Secret art – Leumi bank (Group)

    2009             Stern Gallery, Tel-Aviv – Objects of desire (Group)

    2008             Stern Gallery, Tel-Aviv – Israeli (Group)

    2007             Stern Gallery, Tel-Aviv – New Faces (Group)

    2007             Reshamim III – The Third Jerusalem Drawing Biennial

    2007             Agripas 12 Gallery, Jerusalem – Peephole (Solo)

    2007             Agripas 12 Gallery, Jerusalem – Summer group show (Group)

    2006             Stern Gallery, Tel-Aviv – Summer group show (Group)

    2005             Artspace, Jerusalem – No strings attached (Solo)

    2004             Artspace, Jerusalem – JSS graduates (Group)

    2002             G8 Gallery Umbria, Italy (Group)