Halliday Avray Wilson
Hal is currently in a seam of fecundity.
I stayed with him in the Auvergne in November 2020 when we visited his most celebrated creation - Victoire - a homage to the French Resistance. The wings are deliberately tattered and frayed, the figure has a careworn though stoic and defiant stance and appears to be labouring from the slings and arrows of life.
It is glorious. A French Angel of the South.
Since he produced this monumental sculpture for the French state, for which he was awarded a knighthood, his work has always has an element of poignant disintegration, a nod to entropy and the human condition for destruction, whether through time or belligerence.
Anthony Gormley - The Angel of the North
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Halliday Avray Wilson - Victoire
Available in steel or bronze.
integration, a nod to entropy and the human condition for destruction, whether through time or belligerence.
And here is his latest work which I saw being made in February. I think it’s right up there with Victoire. I have asked him for a title and he says he is too busy getting the other sculptures made whilst he’s in this kind of form. I got the impression that for the sculptor this is rather like being a sports person at the top of his or her game and they must play without distraction.
There will be a series. I’ve seen some of the others in preparation.
Halliday Avray Wilson (b. 1967) is a British artist based in France. He is ONLY THE 4TH EVER Englishman to receive the French honour of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres for his contribution to the arts. Hal was trained in fine art in Oxford and Florence. He was profoundly influenced from his upbringing by his grandfather Frank Avray Wilson who was linked to Tachism and the COBRA group.
Hal held his first solo exhibition entitled ‘Schadenfreude’ in London's Cork Street, which was followed by ‘Blastface’ in Berlin in 1999 which featured work made with plastic explosives and decommissioned German weapons. Primarily a sculptor, his commissions include a large-scale abstraction of a racehorse (based on a Stubbs equestrian portrait) in steel for the Weatherby Racing Group UK. One of his most innovative commissions created by a blast process, ‘The Running Man,’ was exhibited at The Olympic Village for the duration of the London Olympic Games.
Running Man - Halliday Avray Wilson for the London Olympics
His most famous work is Victoire celebrating SOE and the French resistance in the Auvergne.
Hal’s work has appeared at the Royal Academy, Chelsea Flower Show, Birmingham NEC, Hampton Court, Battersea Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Ascot, Chateau Maison Lafitte and Polo Ralph Lauren. His secondary market is proven and he has sold well in auction at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Drouot.
Halliday Avray Wilson
Sold Christies Aynhoe park sale October 2012
Price realised £ 8.125
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