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Ted Halkin

Untitled, 1969

American, 1924

Never an artist to adhere to a single continuous style, the phases of Ted Halkin’s work are instead connected by an unbroken flow of ideas. Abstract, organic forms dominate Halkin’s paintings and drawings from the late 1960s—inspired perhaps by his contemporaries Evelyn Statsinger and Miyoko Ito, as well as by a group of young artists known as the “Hairy Who.”

This colored pencil drawing from 1969 is composed of a cacophony of colors, patterns and markings that are playfully assembled into an amorphous whole, suggesting multiple figural and animal associations.

Halkin was, for a brief period, chair of the Elmhurst College Art Department in the early 1970s and is responsible for selecting the first 10 works of art for the Elmhurst College Art Collection. A highly influential instructor, his subsequent teaching career at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago spanned four decades.

The artist has works in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C., and Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Gift of the Latham Baskerville Estate, 1988