Roger Hale was born in Farnborough, England, on July 24 , 1943. After leaving public school at the age of eighteen and armed with national diplomas displaying a heavy bias to the right side of the brain, Hale joined the Farnham Academy of Fine Arts.
Hale studied painting, sculpture and lithography but already also showed a keen interest in the graphic arts. Apart from the set fine art courses he developed his own portfolio of graphic design which resulted in him being head hunted by a top international advertising agency. Lost to this heady and glamorous world Hale never had, or took, the time to explore the depths of his talent for painting and sculpture. He has exhibited and sold his work sporadically but high powered career planning and all expenses paid trips to exotic places always managed to win his heart and mind.
Hale held a number of creative and management positions at three of the worlds most reputable agencies in London, Brussels and Amsterdam before starting his own agency under the name of “Hale & Friends.” In February of 1991 Hale took the almost unprecedented step of closing his agency in mid-stream and leaving on an unchartered journey which would eventually lead to building a house on an island in Brazil. He now divides his time between his ateliers on an island in Brazil and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Hale’s key source of inspiration comes from a passion for the music and dance. He is especially drawn to the vibrant sensuality which is woven into Brazilian (Bahian) and Spanish (Andalucian) cultures. The central theme is movement, displaying a capacity to move effortlessly from uninhibited brush strokes in oil and acrylic to studied pen lines and controlled aquarel washes. In the words of New art critic, D.F. Colman, “With his lines creating force fields that cleave through space Hale suggests their purpose is to cut through layers of civilization in order to arrive at a new, elemental simplicity --- a new way of being. This involves the body in a state of cerebral eclipse, or rapture”.
Hale has exhibited in The Netherlands, Belgium, New York and Salvador, Bahia.