The Art of Harold Halvorsen

A mechanical engineer by profession, Harold, known to many as Hal, always had an interest in art and painted and drew as a child. It was not until after his retirement in 1995, however, that he started to seriously pursue painting. He prefers working in oil on canvas, but has done some work in pastel and acrylics. His interest is primarily in landscapes, abandoned farmhouses, covered bridges, and an occasional seascape. In his early life, he did mostly pencil and charcoal sketches, along with some pen and ink work, for which he won several amateur art contests. All of the artist’s early work is preserved in his younger daughter's private collection.  He is an artist member of the Huntington Arts Council of Huntington, NY. An essay by Hal was recently published on the Pratt Institute website. (See “Sustaining a Creative Life”; scroll down to Harold Halvorsen, Mechanical Engineering,1958.)
Halvorsen at work in his
Huntington, NY, studio
Aside from attending lectures by well-known artists in Rockport, MA, Hal is self-taught. He has sold a number of paintings over the years, and has had many requests for commission work. He has donated several paintings to charitable auctions to benefit Tassajara Hills Elementary School in Danville, CA; the School of the Cathedral of Mary our Queen in Baltimore, MD; Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Burke, VA; and the Huntington Arts Council in Huntington, NY.

His paintings hang in homes in California, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Hawaii. Select paintings shown on this site (see Products) are for sale in canvas copies (Giclee or similar). Four sets of note cards are also available. Several of his paintings, originals as well as reproductions, have been shown at RIPE Art Gallery at 67a, Broadway, Greenlawn, NY, as well as Evolution Home, Alexandria, VA. The artist's first solo show, at the RIPE Gallery in September 2007, featured 25 originals and 45 Giclee reproductions; his second solo show was in October 2009 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Huntington, NY, and featured 28 paintings, a mix of originals and reproductions. Four of the seascapes included in the last show are shown in the picture below.

He was Artist of the Month in July 2010 at the Huntington Book Revue. His most recent solo show was at the Harbor Fields Public Library during the month of October 2013. In March 2012, Hal’s painting, “Ancestral Homestead” was included in the Heckscher Museum of Art’s 2012 Long Island Biennial online gallery.
Solo show at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Huntington, NY, October 2009

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