HALSEY CHAIT | drawings on paper and birch panel



Halsey Chait was born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1978. He moved to New York City in 1979, and grew up as a curious student of its vibrating gardens of marked surfaces.

He received a B.A. from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and then moved west to the Bay Area for seven years, exhibiting in group and solo shows, teaching art, and painting murals with young people.

In 2006, his current art practice was born while he spent a magical month in his grandmother's studio in Seattle, drawing prodigiously and exploring the cumulative works and insights of half a century of his grandmother's drawings.

He returned to New York in 2009, and has been living and working in Brooklyn since 2011. His work is in personal collections throughout the world.


Halsey Chait's drawings develop according to the rules and mathematics that govern the growth processes of life forms and molecular structures.

They feature dense clusters of meditative marks, repetitious patterns that bloom outwards, and surreal diagrams of the associative connectivity that binds the micro to the macro.

Improvising with a lexicon of primeval and scientific biomorphic symbols, the drawings capture the repetitive gestures of music, the mutating iterations of evolution, and the architectural networks of vibrating space.

Approaching drawing as a contemplative reflection of the curious nature of the world, Chait invites the viewer into dreamlike parallel universes.