Painter and illustrator, born in Quebec, Canada, who from 1982–4 was apprenticed to the fine artist Richard Berry in Boston, Massachusetts, in America, and in Stroud, Gloucestershire. Double Memory, a collection of paintings by Hale and Berry, was published in 2002. After his painter’s apprenticeship Hale divided his efforts between personal work and illustration, producing album commissions for major American bands, including Tool and Serafin. Had a solo show at The University of New Hampshire in 1987. Hale’s group exhibitions included Bedford Studios, New York, 1991; Castignetti Gallery, Boston, 1996; CLP, Lucca, Italy, 1996; and in 2000 and 2001 BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery. Hales was awarded a third prize there in 2000 with his portrait Dr Rowlands at 45 and second prize in 2001 with Source X.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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