Thomas Hallon Hallbert: photographer and print artist

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From potato print to color roller printing

Someone asked me the other day when I started with printed art. More as a joke, I replied: in the kindergarten. In fact, it was already before the kindergarten that I started at home with potato prints. Carlo Derkert helped open my eyes and minds on his guided Sunday shows at Moderna Muséet, Stockholm, in the early 60s. In the upper secondary school in Viksängskolan in Västerås, the art room was equipped with linoleum and that was where I made my first linoleum cut. Then it continued with Stockholm's first class with an aesthetic line in the last year of upper secondary school in Engelbrektsskolan 1967–68. For two years at "Grundis" in Stockholm (1970-71 and 1974-75) I had Hasse Lindroth as a graphic art teacher. Then, a course at Grafiska Sällskapet with Lennart Ivérus as supervisor. 1975 me and my mother, hitch-hiked from Fredrikshavn to Vraa Höjskole, where we and a hundred of other participants went through an intensive and memorable workshop in image analysis and art history with R. Broby-Johansen as a guide. But it was only in 1982 after a course led by Olof Sandahl that the graphic art ports finally opened. Afterwards I filled in with courses including Urban Engström in Tullhuset in Umeå. In the 1990's attending one year at the art center "La Rectoria" in Catalunya and later practicing engraving in gold-leaf applied on glass in Murano, Venezia. Later I have attended some courses in Moku Hanga, Japanese woodcut and printing techniques with water colors. First a session with David Bull in Tokyo in 2002, and recently, 2014 and 2015 in Toulouse with the graphic artist Miriam Zegrer from Berlin. And not least I have developed together with the students that I myself have been a teacher for, the youngest 4 years and the oldest 80 years. My first students I had already in 1971 in Uppsala and several of whom I still have contact.

As most things that are "done", it is usually about dialogue, exchange, and sharing.

Moku Hanga Hallon selfie

Moku Hanga cut in cherrywood and limewood.


©. Thomas Hallbert 2008-2022