He studied under Chris Burden, Paul McCarthy, Richard Jackson, Charlie Ray & Nancy Rubin at UCLA where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. He was one of the progenitors of the Yid-Core Punk Movement as co-founder of the seminal band, Gefilte Fuck. He worked for, assisted, and collaborated with Dr. Timothy Leary from 1992 until his death in 1996, and actually set up the camera which captured Leary’s death via livestream on the internet–considered one of the single, most-important performance art pieces of all time.
In 1997 Howard began working on The Picture of Everything, a massive, 14-foot-tall, painstakingly detailed amalgamation of tiny drawings that combines illustrations of several thousand people, vehicles and totems –both real and imaginary, from every corner of geekdom, fandom, and pop culture. He completed the piece after nearly 14 years and immediately began work on The Picture of Everything Else, a work currently in progress with ten years already dedicated to it. The prior piece was featured in both Juxtapoz and Wired Magazine as a work in progress, and in HiFructose Magazine upon completion.
In 2002, Howard begin making 3D lenticular art, which is the genre with which he is perhaps most associated. He would eventually implement luminescent, phosphorescent, and even glow-in-the-dark colors to his lenticulars, leading to exhibitions in San Francisco and Austin. His meme mandalas have been relentlessly appropriated without credit, and Hallis is not just a documentarian of internet memes, he has also created dozens of memes that went legitimately viral in the 2-chan and 4-chan era. He’s been featured in publications as varied as Ben Is Dead, Alter Ego, Page Magazine, and the San Francisco Herald. He’s been credited in several books by Dr. Timothy Leary, he is referenced in Bauhaus and Love and Rockets co-founder David J Haskins’ Who Killed Mr. Moonlight? and he was profiled inOy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews & Punk by Michael Croland. His work has been exhibited at UCLA, Skirball Center, Nova Express, Burning Man, Coachella, California Science Center, Klasky Csupo, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Meltdown Gallery, Lump Gravy and in various publications from Marvel Comics.
Howard Hallis has been recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records Committee as having one of the largest personal collections of Dr. Strange ephemera in the world; he is the proud owner of a fabled, fully-functioning Polybius arcade cabinet; and is the lead singer of a an aquatic-themed, Joy Division cover band, named Koi Division.
The NFT Art Agency has entered into an exclusive agreement with Howard Hallis to represent The Picture of Everything and other signature works as NFTs.