Born Sydney NSW, 1994 Lives and works in Sydney I Gadigal Ngurra
Layered, symbolic and hypnotic, Hal Witney’s work attempts to offer a postmodern mash of pain and pleasure, identity, desire, and transcendent spirituality in a frenetic world of often-contradictory selves. Working across painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking he seeks to reflect, process and overcome the influx of hyper-sexualised imagery in today’s visual material-based culture.
Synthesizing a range of ideas, fantasies, discomforts and desires, Hal creates brightly coloured, energetic works that reveal a very human struggle with identity and search for meaning. Urgently drawn forlorn figures exist in a world that mirrors the inner turmoil, chaos and contradictory nature of the modern mind. Full of life-force, his pulsating works are the result of a quest to gain spiritual understanding and self-knowledge.
A recent graduate of UNSWAD (formerly COFA), with honours, Hal has exhibited at artist run spaces including recently at Tributary Projects in Canberra and the Sydney Art Collective. His works are held in a number of private collections both nationally and internationally.