Hal Painter received an international education, studying at The American University in Biarritz, France (1945-46) The California School of Fine Arts (SFA), (1946-47) and the Instituto de Bells Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (1947). In 1948, Painter opened his studio on Hyde Street in San Francisco offering custom weaving and rugs. In 1964 he transferred his studio to Sebastopol, California and in 1968, moved to Chiloquin, Oregon to build his weaving studio, offering summer weaving workshops, teaching spinning, dyeing and design.
Hal Painter exhibited in over 80 regional and international exhibitions including the infamous Good Design MoMA exhibition curated by Phillip Johnson in 1952. He is represented in over 70 collections throughout the world, and was a founding member of the American Tapestry Alliance.
- In the collection of our sister gallery, form & concept, contemporary fiber artists Mark Newport, Jodi Colella and Susan Aaron-Taylor also tell compelling stories through textiles.
- Lesley Dill is another prominent fiber artist in the Zane Bennett collection. In a series of sculptural lithographs with hand-stitching and other mixed-media elements, she evokes fiber using paper. View her work.