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"Alan Haliday: A Mini–Retrospective"
2001-09-29 until 2001-10-27
Renishaw Hall
Derbyshire, , UK United Kingdom

Alan Haliday will be holding an exhibition of his work at Renishaw Hall in the county of Derbyshire in the United Kingdom by kind Permission of Sir Reresby and Lady Sitwell. Alan Halliday was trained at the Courtauld institute of Art where he was taught by Anthony Blunt and Anita Brookner; he also has a doctorate from St John’s College, Oxford. He exhibited at the international Contemporary Art Fair at the Barbican Centre in 1984, Olympia in 1985 1989 and 1990, and Los Angeles in 1986,1987 and 1993, regularly in London and throughout the country. He held nine one man exhibitions at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and in 1987 led the European Artists Group at the Frankfurt Festival with Valdimir Ashkenazy, subsequently transferring to Los Angeles with Support from Lufthansa.

Halliday has painted widely in Russia, South America, The Middle East and through out Europe. He has painted the Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Opera and English National Ballet, The Kirov, The Bolshie’s, Béjart in Brussels and Lausanne, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Nederlans Dans Theatre, Rambert, Dutch, Australian and Stuttgart Ballets and American Ballet Theatre. In 1990 the barbican Centre commissioned him to paint Mozart interiors in Vienna, Salzburg and Prague for an exhibition at the Barbican Centre to mark the Mozart bicentenary.

Following four exhibitions at the National Theatre Halliday was artist in residence with the Cincinnati Ballet in Cincinnati and the Caracalla Dance Theatre in Montreal, Paris and Beirut. He held a major exhibition in Beirut in 1997 as past of the peace initiative.

At the Royal National Theatre Halliday has held three exhibitions of his paintings of RNT productions in rehearsal, while at Stratford – Upon -Avon he has painted the Royal Shakespeare Company in performance from the wings, exhibiting in conjunction with RSC, season at Newcastle, the Barbican in London and at Plymouth.

Beyond the world of Theatre, Halliday was commissioned by Christie’s Contemporary Art to record the destruction following the Great Storm of 1987; this led to one-man exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens in 1989. Halliday painted St George’s Hall days after the great fire at Windsor Castle and the work was acquired by the V and A. In 1993 he was invited to record the devastation in Bishop gates following the bombing of the city of London: the paintings are now in the Museum of London.

John Laing construction commissioned Halliday to paint the old city in Dubai before much of it was demolishes. Sonia Ghandi also challenged him to paint in India and gave him great encouragement while he was there. the paintings were shown first in Bombay and then London at the Bruton Street Gallery. Orient Lincs saw this exhibition and commissioned him to paint thirty-seven large oils in less than four months for the new Marco Polo cruise liner.

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