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Bette Klegon Halby

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Night train to Cordoba, 2013-2014 Acrylic on Canvas Shaped and Molded as in Relief 50 X 40 X12" © ©Bette Klegon Halby
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Black Russian, 2013 34 X 32 X 10" © © Bette Klegon Halby
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Black Russian, 2013 Acrylic on Canvas Shaped and Molded 34 X 32 X10 © copyright : Bette Klegon Halby
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Border Line 11, 2013 Acrylic on Canvas Shaped and Molded as in Relief 49 X 39 X14 © © Bette Klegon Halby
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Border Line , 2012 Acrylic on Canvas Shaped and Molded as in Relief 48 X 38 X 14 © © Bette Klegon Halby
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Night Shift #4, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas Shaped and Molded as in Relief 48 X 60 X 12 © ©bette Klegon Halby
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Night Shift Blues Revival , 2013 Acrylic on Canvas Shaped and Molded as in Relief 48 X 60 X 12 © copyright ©Bette Klegon Halby
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Night Shift Blues Revival , 2013 Acrylic on Canvas Shaped and Molded as in Relief 48 X 60 X 12"
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Michigan
Lives in
New York City & Cornwall , CT
Works in
NY,NY & Cornwall, CT
Schools
University of Michigan / Ann Arbor, Michigan, BS School of Architecture and Design
California College of the Arts
Wayne State University, MFA Art
Representing galleries
Tags
abstract, sculpture, mixed-media, modern, photography
Statement

     My new work is somewhat of a metaphoric translation of the lyrical 

qualities found in  music.  Lyrical aspects of my work are akin to that of riffs in 

jazz or the solemnity of a fugue. Impulses of the Baroque 

occur and reoccur in the mark making and saturated 

palette of the  most recent “Night Shift” series.

 

Within this context I enjoy extending the boundaries of two dimensional space,

inferring a promise of movement.  Always  the work is concerned about

spatial relationships-- shapes that shape

the way we move and mold the way we see. Of particular concern 

are the interstices, the spaces and places that stand  between. 

 

The work is concerned with  the sensuality of forming and 

transforming within the magic of materials and the alchemy

of color. I begin by painting on raw canvas within a narrow 

range of a specific color. Color selection is always a matter 

of decision. “Color”, as the late Helen Frankenthaler said, 

“...is like choosing a word in a poem”.  It must 

resonate within me and evoke emotion.

 

     

     There are all kinds of associations within the “Night Shift”

series:  memories of my father,  ancient chants in a language

unknown, timeless repetitions of remembrances -- honoring

those who have come and those who have gone... 

honoring beings -- striking a chord.

 

     I have a strong connection with the rhythms of the sea. Drawn to its 

vastness and substantive  abundance, it is for me symbolic 

of the open ended momentum of life.  I too,

*“ ...believe in the green light,

the orgiastic future that 

year by year recedes before us...” 

 

 

*F.Scott Fitzgerald