|OAC Identifier||HAL; 77-43 |
|Artwork Description||A still life of two white flowers in a white vase with a red stripe around the middle of it. The background is comprised of dark reds. |
|Description on Object||Camellias; Sally Haley; State Capitol |
Flowers in art
|AAT Subject||painting (image-making)|
paintings (visual works)
|About the Artist||The paintings of Sally Haley are much loved in the Northwest, partly at least because she often (but not always) has painted familiar domestic objects-bread, eggs, bottles, fruit, dishes, the simple, reassuring, eternal things. And she paints them with mastery so admirable that our response is a combination of delight and awe. They appear in a variety of settings and con-formations: a loaf of bread may almost fill its small canvas; a stemmed glass containing, quite surprisingly, five eggs, and standing alone, with mysterious iconic overtones, in a vast dark space; or a group assembled on a table in Haley's own subtle version of the still life.
But there is a great deal more to her art than the masterly rendition of familiar objects. Many of her canvases, entirely bare of objects, are seen from, as one might say, a much wider angle; they are interiors divided into austere geometric shapes which suggest corridors, walls, windows, doors. This artist is certainly drawn by the basic architectural features of interiors, and to their meanings: the universal vertical and horizontal planes of wall and floor, the advance of corridors, the promise of doorways, the rectangles of sky disclosed by windows. She makes her own perspective, often puzzling, sometimes disquieting.
In most of her painting there is…a sense of something, withheld or barely suggested, of questions unanswered, though: everything in the painting exists under the most unequivocally revealing light. Yet the surreal hovers near, is waiting in the wings, so to speak, and is sometimes evoked. At any rate, on feels "the hidden life of objects" expressed without apparent distortion of their familiar forms, and throughout her oeuvre, the "mystery implicit in all existence" which were preoccupations of many surrealist painters. Without laboring this connection one can be aware that Haley's painting should be enjoyed on several levels, that the eye should not be content with its first apprehension of the lovingly painted surfaces of objects.
Sally Haley has lived in Portland since 1947. It's hard to imagine the art of Oregon since that time without the contribution to it that her painting has made. (promotion materials on artist, written by Rachael Green, Portland Art Museum, 1975) |
|Artist URL||http://www.laurarusso.com/artists/haley.html |
|Regional Arts Council||The Oregon Arts Commission has ten Regional Arts Councils that provide delivery of art services and information. The Council for this location is: Mid-Valley Arts |
|Installation Date||1977 |
|Artwork Measurements||46 x 34 inches |
|Materials/Technique||acrylic on canvas |
|Artwork Site||Salem Oregon. State Capitol Building. Wings|
|Location||room 178 reception area |
|Site Address||900 Court Street N.E., Salem, Oregon |
|County||Marion County, Oregon|
|Image Processing History||Master tiff image captured at 4000 pixels across the long edge using SilverFast AI 6.0 software. Digital images in tiff format are archived and saved. Adobe Photoshop CS2 used to reorient and crop image, set and neutralize shadow and highlight points, adjust levels, contrast and sharpen as needed. Second production tiff saved. Color profile converted from Adobe RGB (1998) to sRGB IEC61966-2.1, resolution revised to 125 pixels, resize longer dimension to 875 pixels; save display jpeg at quality level 6. |
|Rights||Copyright is retained by the artist or author. All rights reserved. |
|Contributors||University of Oregon Libraries; Oregon Arts Commission |
|Publisher||University of Oregon Libraries|
|Digital Collection Title||University of Oregon. Libraries. Oregon Public Percent for Art Digital Collection.|