9th December 2010 - 9th January 2011
open Friday-Sunday 12pm-6pm
first Thursday's 6pm -10pm
Five Hundred Dollars is pleased to present Record Separator, a new series of paintings by Phil Hale. Hale is one of the most compelling and unpredictable painters working in Britain today. His work has been largely concerned with the struggle to integrate form and abstraction into psychologically powerful and coherent forms.
The struggle to develop and move forward can require an artist to let go of substantial portions of their practice. It is only this destabilization that allows progress, a necessary loss of control and orientation. The strength of these new paintings is their willingness to operate on the verge of collapse.
Hale was Born in America in 1963, and studied under Richard Berry, before moving to Britain. He has exhibited throughout Europe and undertaken many private and public commissions including, portraits of Thomas Ades, Tony Blair, Muttiah Muralitharan and Peter Hall. His works are held in the collections of Playboy Warner Bros, Stephen King, National Portrait Gallery, House of Commons, Marylebone Cricket Club, and Sony as well as many private collections.