Richard Halliday was born in Vancouver in 1939. He graduated from the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr) in 1963 before attending the Instituto San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and the Emma Lake Workshops at the University of Saskatchewan. He went on to study Art History and Film at Sir George Williams University (Concordia) in Montreal and received his Bachelor of Fine Art in 1978. In addition to his visual arts practice, Halliday has served as the Director of the Montreal Museum School of Art and Design, and later as the Department Head of Drawing at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. Halliday's Constellation Series paintings are about the measuring and mapping of space. In these paintings, the hand drawn line and the experience of automatic writing become Halliday's vehicle through which he negotiates and articulates his relationship with space. He passed away in Calgary, Alberta in 2011 at the age of 72.