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About the WorkKerry Hallam is passionate about the natural beauty of the sea and the soul-satisfying experience of time spent on or near water. The pleasant memories and associations of a wonderful time spent at a beautiful place are universal, whether it's childhood memories of long summers at the beach or a spectacular vacation in an exotic location.
This is what Kerry Hallam captures in his mixed-media works created on actual nautical charts and maps that evoke memories or fantasies of life without restraint. Each chart is unique and features scenes that vary from fast and furious sailing competitions to boats bobbing in a peaceful harbor. Sometimes incorporating details relevant to each chart's location, Hallam creates pieces that appeal to boaters, travelers, people who dwell in coastal areas worldwide and anyone with a wandering spirit and a longing for adventure. These charts are available for many waterways and coastal areas worldwide. On occasion, the artist will undertake commissions of a specific nature.
Born in an industrial region of Northern England, Hallam found inspiration and success as an artist in the south of France. The time he spent living there, a place famous for its light, color and breathtaking vistas, has had a lifelong effect. Hallam's work with the Mediterranean and nautical themes delight collectors around the world. Today, living in Nantucket, he continues to draw inspiration from the sea and from places of transcendent beauty everywhere.
“Key West to Mississippi” is a 33.5 x 42 – inch acrylic on nautical chart created in 2014.
About the Artist
An artist with a bold palette and a voracious appetite for life, Kerry Hallam is as refreshing and spirited as his paintings. The story of how he traveled from a daydreaming young artist from the north of England to a world-renowned expressionist visionary artist, living and painting in the continental US is one of great passion and perseverance. Hallam showed early artistic talent when he won a six-year scholarship to London University’s Central College of Art. After a formal art education under British master painters Leslie Cole, Patrick Heron, and Hans Tisdale, he completed his military service in the prestigious Gurkha brigade in Hong Kong and Malaya. Hallam’s talent was further acknowledged when he was selected for inclusion in Britain’s Royal Society of Artists in Watercolor. As a young artist searching for his own truth, Hallam immersed himself in the energy and passion of Southern France. The cradle of French Impressionism, with a legendary landscape, has given birth to many master artists through the ages. Acting upon this influence, Hallam says, “My ambition was to make definitive statements. Using van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, and Dufy as departure points, I would…build on their feelings, dance to their music”.