The Art of Jerry Hallan
"Blue Heron- 2"
24" wide X 84" High 2008
Sculpted of Pine Shavings, Oak, Wenge,
Hot-Melt Glue, and Drift Wood, with a Sea
Shell Eye. Mounted on an Aged Hickory
Over the past several years, Jerry Hallan has developed a
unique wood sculpting technique which employs wood
shavings, specially cut wood chips and hot melt adhesive.
With these materials, he constructs full size whimsical
depictions of humans and other animals in relief form
without the use of any supportive framework. A variety of
foreign and domestic woods (including beach driftwood)
are employed as well as several types of hot melt adhesive.
Large animal depictions that have been created include an
alligator, a jaguar and a bull while human figures include a
runner, a ballerina, a couple dancing, a cowboy, a
computer hacker and several female nudes. Birds
completed include herons, pelicans, ducks, geese, a
rooster and several unique bird-like depictions based on
the drawings of his son (at the age of 4.) Marine life
depictions include a series of fish that employ variations
on his usual sculpting technique; these involve assemblies
of different thicknesses of wood (usually cedar) cut into
irregular curvilinear strips and held together with screws,
nails and adhesives.
Recently he has begun to dye cedar wood shavings with
clothing dye and develop large birds, animals and
butterflies with natural looking colors. The birds typically
are 5 feet high while a gecko (based on the GEICO gecko)
is about 6 feet high. His most recent work involves the
second of a series of four giant butterflies-each of which is
about 6.5 feet long
Hallan has been involved in other mediums including
acrylic painting and stone and metal sculpture. He also
developed several faceted glass/epoxy constructions; one
of these is rectangular in shape (about 3 feet wide and 30
tall) and is installed in a Lutheran Church in Durham, NC;
two other faceted glass depictions of flowers reside in bars.
He has exhibited in juried shows in the Research Triangle
area of North Carolina, Boone, NC, and St. Augustine, FL.
Recently his “Hacker” won Best in Show in the St.
Augustine Art Associations’ “Cutting Edge Show.” An
example of his work was presented in the October 2003
issue of Woodwork. His work was described in detail in the
June 2005 issue of Woodworker’s Journal, in the June
2007 Birds and Blooms, in several newspaper articles in
North Carolina and in the Ponte Vedra Recorder in 2007. In
addition his work has been the subject of television
interviews in Charlotte, NC and Jacksonville, FL. In 2008,
he gave a course on his technique at the University of
North Florida’s Life Long Learning Institute and has often
described his work in various classes at local elementary
and middle schools.