Gregory Halili

Gregory Halili (b. 1975, lives and works in Manila) carves and paints mother-of-pearl shells, creating memento moris.  Halili received his B.F.A. from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He returned to the Philippines in 2013 after 25 years in the United States. Halili’s work focuses on the art of miniatures with interest in the notion and idea of memory, life, death, and cycle. His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions and shows, including the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio; The Hammond Museum and Sculpture Garden in Salem, New York; Ayala Museum in Makati City; Jorge B. Vargas Museum at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City; West Gallery in Quezon City; Silverlens Gallery in Makati City and Nancy Hoffman gallery in New York City. In 2016, He was one of the Filipino artists who presented in the Singapore Biennale.  Halili's paintings are currently on display at the National Museum of the Philippines.

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Painting on Capiz Shell

Filipino artist Gregory Halili’s work shares something in common with that of Ni Youyu. Halili, who lived in the US for many years, uses Capiz shells, a type of bivalve found in the Philippines seas, as the main material for his work. Drawn to its delicate nature and surface, he spends a lot of time polishing the shell to make it an ideal surface for painting. The theme of each painting is decided based on the shape of the shell. Some of his paintings feature ocean and sky, others deal with eyes and coral. These vast and ever-changing things are carefully rendered on the palm-sized shells. A currency widely used in many ancient civilizations, the shells now become works of art reentering the market in a new guise after thousands of years.

長年アメリカを拠点としていたGregory Halili(グレゴリー・ハリーリ)は、生まれ故郷のフィリピンでよく見る真珠の母貝を主な素材に制作を行っています。自ら丁寧にポリッシングを行い、海や空といった自然との関わりをテーマに、それぞれの形状に合わせて、サンゴや眼などのモチーフを貝の本体に施しています。広大かつ多様な世界が、掌ほどの母貝と一体となって刻まれています。先史時代に自然貨幣としても使われていた貝が、再びアーティストが加飾することによって、新しいマーケットの流通にのっていくその循環は、ニー・ヨウユの作品の同工異曲とも言えるでしょう。

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Glass Horizon (2020) by Gregory Halili | Exhibition Video

Glass Horizon (2020) by Gregory Halili | Exhibition Video


Exhibition Publication

In collaboration with the curators, Tokyo Gallery will publish a trilingual book on the occasion of this exhibition with a series of interviews with the artists.