Gregory Halili

Bio

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, Halili was one of the Filipino artists who presented in the Singapore Biennale.

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, Halili was one of the Filipino artists who presented in the Singapore Biennale.

San Miguel at Demonyo
2006
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watercolor on vintage ivory
2.56h x 2.26w in • 6.5h x 5.75w cm
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Nuestra Senora
2008
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watercolor on vintage ivory
2.17h x 1.57w in • 5.5h x 4w cm
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Constellation XII
2007
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watercolor on paper
1.50h x 1.75w in • 3.81h x 4.45w cm
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Memento Mori I
2014
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oil on mother of pearl
9.06h x 8.27w in 23h x 21w cm
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Memento Mori XI
2014
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oil on mother of pearl
8.27h x 8.27w in • 21h x 21w cm
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Karagatan (The Breadth of Oceans)
2016
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oil on mother of pearl shell and oil on pearl (set of 50)
diameter 2.54 to 5 cm (each); installation dimensions variable
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Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas of Mirrors Installation view
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Pearl Divers II
2018
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oil on mother-of-pearl, aluminum
2.5", 3" and 3.75" diameter
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Echo 2
2016
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giant clam, oil
18h x 10w x 7.50d in • 45.72h x 25.40w x 19.05d cm
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Phenomenon
2016
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corals, wood
23h x 75w x 9d in • 58.42h x 190.50w x 22.86d cm
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Sorrow (Lady of Pearls)
2017
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oil on mother of pearl
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Portrait of a Shell Vendor I
2017
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oil on mother of pearl
4.5 in (dia) • 11.43 cm (dia)
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Untitled VI
2018
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oil on mother of pearl
1.75h x 2.50w in • 4.45h x 6.35w cm
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Untitled IX
2018
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capiz
5 in (dia) • 12.70 cm (dia)
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Searching Sanctuary
2020
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oil on capiz shell
3.25h x 2.25w in • 8.26h x 5.71w cm
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Deep End
2020
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oil on shell
2.50h x 3w in • 6.35h x 7.62w cm
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Selected Exhibitions

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