Built around the award-winning song writing, singing, and inspired guitar playing of Art 'Ski' Halperin, New York's, 'WORK of ART' is an ever-changing band playing uniquely styled rock, pop, reggae, good-feeling-music. Away from home, they've successfully toured throughout the US., Europe, South America, and the Caribbean, both headlining and opening up for acts such as Santana, Jerry Garcia, Third World, Jimmy Cliff, The Police, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry. As a solo artist, Art has shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Bonnie Raitt, Marty Stuart, Joni Mitchell, Robbie Robertson (the Band), The Temptations, David Grisman, Doc Watson and Glen Tillbrook of Squeeze.
Art's abilities have taken him in many different directions. As a composer, songs he's written for other artists have appeared on Billboard's R&B, Pop, and even Classical charts. He's written and recorded on many national and international albums, TV., and Radio commercials. Along with his band, he's also been featured on screen in the John Sayles movie "Baby it's You."
Long before it became fashionable, Art was expressing his concern for the environment in his music. Recent songs such as "Rescue the Future," "Wolf," and "Back into the Sea" are eerily prophetic, mirroring our times. New York's premier FM rock station WNEW, used "Rescue the Future" in their service spots promoting Earth Day. The song also received large independent radio play. Art's video for "Back into the Sea," directed on land and underwater by five-time Emmy award winner Norman Smith has been seen on MTV, Night Flight and Radio1990, and is frequently aired on local television stations in the Virgin Islands and West Indies.
The legendary producer and talent scout John Hammond Sr., (the man who discovered Dylan, Springsteen and Aretha Franklin among many others) was so impressed with Art's music that he signed Art as the first artist on Hammond/CBS Records. A ten-song album was completed for the label. After Hammond passed away, rock history books have noted Art to be “John Hammond's last discovery”.