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 David Allen Halbach  (1931 - )

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Lived/Active: Arizona/California      Known for: cowboy-historical genre and wildlife watercolors, animation

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A member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1985, he has lived in Arizona beginning 1975 and later in the Sierras of California. In 1975, he also won the prestigious Silver Medal at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame show for his watercolor "Story Teller." In 1996 he completed a project for "National Geographic."

He attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and his teachers were the acclaimed Millard Sheets and Rex Brandt. Chouinard was where he first encountered plein-air painting and later he said that "Painting from life is absolutely necessary in my art" ("Southwest Art" 10/98). He travels from his home in northern California to western reenactments and to Indian reservations in Arizona.

Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, II:
David Halbach wanted to be an artist for as long as he could remember. At first, it was for recognition from his parents, and then later in junior high school he discovered that he had a real talent. He completed his first paintings when he was in sixth grade, and after that he just kept on painting.

Since Halbach’s grades were not good enough to become the doctor or lawyer his mother had hoped he would become, he attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, California. After finishing art school and a tour in the Navy, Halbach went to work as an animator for Disney studios working on Lady and the Tramp. Leaving Disney, he then entered into commercial art and advertising, and eventually became an art teacher, a position that allowed him to create fine art and refresh his knowledge of the basics.

Leaving California, Halbach and his wife, Jean, moved to Arizona, where he began to work as a professional artist. He began to sell his paintings through galleries and is now known as a successful watercolorist.

A painter in American Western genre, Halbach researches subjects for his works extensively. He says, “There is a lot of truth in ‘Paint what you know.’” Living in Arizona was conducive to creating the Western scenes that he had loved since he was a child, and he began to carefully investigate the history of the West and all that was needed to make his work honest and correct. That investigation brought back memories of the many times he had played cowboys and Indians when he was young, memories which inspired him in his endeavors. According to Halbach, “A child’s imagination is an important asset to an artist. It mustn’t be lost.”

Halbach has a special affection for the Hopi Indians, their pueblos and their culture, and that affection plays an important part in his art. He encourages the viewer to use their imagination, always allowing for a little mystery in each image.

Reference: www.claggettrey.com

Biography from Claggett/Rey Gallery:
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David Halbach has wanted to be an artist for as long as he can remember. At first, it was for recognition from his parents, then later in junior high school he discovered he had a real talent. He completed his first paintings when he was in sixth grade, and after that he just kept on painting. Since his grades were not good enough to become the doctor or lawyer his mother had hoped he would become, he attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. When he finished art school, and a tour in the Navy, he went to work as an animator for Disney studios working on Lady and the Tramp, then entered into commercial art and advertising, and eventually became an art teacher where he was able to create fine art and refresh his knowledge of the basics. Eventually his wife, Jean and David moved to Arizona and began selling his paintings in more prestigious galleries, which has led to his success as a watercolorist.

David researches subjects for his works extensively. He says, "There is a lot of truth in the words 'Paint what you know.' " Living in Arizona was conducive to creating Western scenes which he had loved since he was a child, and he began to carefully investigate the history of the West, horse flesh, and all that was needed to make his work honest and correct. That investigation brought back the many times he had played cowboys and Indians when he was young. According to Halbach, "A child's imagination is an important asset to an artist. It mustn't be lost."

Halbach has a special affection for the Hopi Indians, their pueblos and their culture, and that affection plays an important part in his art. He encourages the viewer to use their imagination, always allowing for a little mystery in each image.


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