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Hal Reed 1921 - 2003
Hal Reed at work teaching art Hal Reed, Portrait with Cigar
Portrait with Cigar
Hal Reed, Cliffdweller with Maize
Cliffdweller with Maize

After World War II, Hal Reed studied at the Art Center School of Los Angels and in the 1950's at the Art Leage of San Francisco. In the mid 1950's, he studied with Nicolai Fechin at Fechin's Santa Monica Studio, until Fechin's untimely death at age 74.

Hal was born in Frederick, Oklahoma in 1921, and his family moved to Southern California when he was seven years old.

Hal worked as a cartographer for the Auto Club of Southern California. During World War II and the Korean conflict, he served as an aerial photographer. He was awarded a battlefield commission and a bronze star and five battle stars for distinguished service.

Hal founded the Art League of Los Angeles where he taught classes in composition and color harmony, anatomy, and advanced painting techniques. His book “How to Compose Pictures and Achieve Color Harmony” was published by Walter Foster Publications.

His painting “Long Vigil” hung in California Governor Regan’s office and he was well represented in collections throughout California including the Los Angeles City Hall’s permanent collection. His awards include many first prizes and gold medals and he won the top award in sculpture in the Valley Artists Guild Gold Medal show with his first competitive entry.