Art Brokerage: Hal Singer American Artist: b. 1919-2003. He was known for painting in a style he referred to as soft-focus realism. Reoccurring subjects included carousels, figures in moments of quiet contemplation, and life along the Atlantic coast. Singer said of his work that he did his best to show "the forces of natural growth, spaciousness, and quiet solitude." Singer, born 1919, first started painting as a teen and later studied at New York University and the Art Students League. In 1940 he enlisted in the military, serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Following the service, Singer worked as a graphic artist before devoting his life to painting full-time in 1962. Starting in 1957, Hal Singer began a series of successful one man shows and exhibitions that would span the next four decades. Over the course of his career Singer was represented by galleries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington D.C., and New York. During the seventies he also ran his own studio gallery on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Hal Singer continued to paint and exhibit his work into the late 1990's despite severe arthritis and failing health. He died January 3rd, 2003.