Hallinan Flood enjoyed a distinguished career in theatre and film before becoming a full tine visual artist, having worked at the Abbey Theatre and on films including The Field. He was born in Dublin and left school at 14 to work in a sheet metal factory. Having been temporarily blinded while welding he became a clerical officer in the Irish Civil Service. While working there he studied painting under John Skelton Sr. He resigned from the Civil Service after six years. He was then awarded a four year full time scholarship to The National College of Art and Design under, Dublin under Nigel Rolfe. After graduation he was awarded the Robert Smithson Memorial Scholarship at the Brooklyn Museum Art School New York, New York under the the Japanese sculptor Toshio Odate.
After working for a season at ART PARK, New York State he returned to Ireland where he won various bursaries and residencies. He won the Lenox Robinson Bursary to study set design at the English National Opera Design School, London. He began his theatre career at the National Theatre of Ireland, The Abbey Theatre, rising to the post of Head of the Design Dept. Subsequently he became an award winning freelance designer for stage and film. His stage work was seen all of the major Irish theatres and internationally, including the US, GB, Canada and Israel. He won the Helen Hayes award for Best Set Design for Juno and the Paycock in Washington DC.
His film work includes Art Direction on The Field, Far and Away, DA and A Man of No Importance etc. He was Production Designer on Snakes and Ladders, Filmed at the Babelsberg Studios, Berlin and Dublin.
He has worked as a fulltime Visual Artist since 2000.