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Lived/Active: Massachusetts / United Kingdom/England      Known for: fauve-like painting, nude figures

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Kerry Hallam (born 12 March 1937) is a British impressionist artist who has produced approximately twelve thousand paintings [2] and whose work is included in collections held by Brigitte Bardot and Björn Borg as well as decorating the permanent residence of Monaco's Ambassador to the United States.[3]  Hallam was trained in Chesterfield and London,[4] and has been based in Nantucket since 1981.[3]  Hallam has developed a reputation as a wise rogue and enjoyed success with exhibitions worldwide, including one entitled Nude Ex-Wives.[5]  His work has been shown at art galleries in New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and Beverly Hills.[6]

Hallam was born in Staveley, north east Derbyshire, where he sold his first painting, a watercolour of the Lake District, at an open air market aged thirteen.[4] He attended Chesterfield Art College for two years, going on to win a six year scholarship to London's Central School of Arts and Crafts. After studying under British masters Leslie Cole, Patrick Heron and Hans Tisdale, Hallam graduated with the National Diploma in Painting in 1957. He then spent two years in the British Army in Hong Kong and Malaya, where he was attached to the Black Watch and the Gurkha Brigade. In 1961 he returned to London, working in advertising as a draftsman and designer. In 1964, Hallam headed for the south of France to paint full time.

Hallam's talent was acknowledged when he was selected for inclusion in Britain's Royal Society of Artists in Watercolour.  In 1973 he moved to the United States. After a short career as a musical performer (during which he opened for James Taylor at concerts[6] and released the LP Strandgut on Polydor Records[8]), Hallam dedicated himself to painting. He established his first studio in Boston and in 1981 opened a studio and gallery on Nantucket Island, moving there in 1995.

Inspired by the Fauves, Hallam has a love for the 19th century French Post-Impressionists, Cezanne and Van Gogh. Hallam returns frequently to St. Tropez and the French Riviera, two of his favorite sources of inspiration. Noted for his striking color harmonies, Hallam's panoramas continue to draw accolades, including a first place award by L'Association Pour le Promotion Artistique Francais.[1] His work has been featured in a large number of print articles, such as the October 400 issue of Forbes magazine in 1999[9] as well as in PBS television specials.

Despite his volume of sales and critical acclaim, Hallam has become a cult figure in the art world and forged a reputation as something of a rogue.  Fathering a child in his early 50s, he went on to present an exhibition of his work entitled Nude Ex-Wives.[5]

Hallam returned to music in 2006 with Autumn Harvest, a CD released by Boston Skyline Records, featuring remastered songs from 1972.[10] Nantucket Notables, a collection of watercolor sketches of Nantucket's residents, was published in 2007.[11] A visual compilation of Hallam's work, Kerry Hallam: Artistic Visions,[12] and his autobiography, Getting To Nantucket: An Artist's Journey,[13] were both published in 2000.

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4.  a b In the Studio, Margaret C.Bergman, Nantucket Independent, October 2006
5.  a b Unapologetic Rogue Arts, Laura Raskin,
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Born and raised in Northern England, Kerry Hallam showed early artistic talent when he won a six year college scholarship to London University. After a formal art education under British master painters Leslie Cole, Patrick Heron and Hans Tisdale, he served in the military in Hong Kong and Malaya.

In 1973 he moved to the United States and, after a brief interlude as a musical performer, dedicated himself to painting. He established his first studio in Boston and in 1981 opened a studio and gallery on Nantucket Island where he continues to spend his summers.

Inspired by the Fauves, Hallam creates distinctive color harmonies derived from a bright, pure palette. Exuberant brush work and a lively surface pattern created by modeled patches of color are evidence of the artist's strong affinity for the 19th century Post-Impressionist painters Cezanne and Van Gogh. Hallam reports that his painting is forever a new adventure and a fresh challenge.

Hallam's paintings have won many awards, recently, a first-place award by the Association Pour la Promotion Artistique Francaise. He was featured in the October 400 issue of Forbes magazine in 1999. Included in private collections around the world, Hallam has been honored with comprehensive one-man shows in Europe, the United States, and the Far East.

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