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Gabriel Hartley

British, b. 1981

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Gabriel Hartley

British, b. 1981

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Gabriel Hartley professes to “think about painting in a sculptural way,” as illustrated by his canvases on which “the paint becomes a material like plaster,” as he describes. Characterized by optical effects, bold linear brushstrokes, impasto, and elemental forms, Hartley’s paintings are notable for fusing dichotomies: depth and flatness, gloss and matte, painterly and photographic, and two- and three-dimensionality. For instance, in creating Pout (2010)—a gray-scale abstract painting referencing African masks and early Modernism’s experimentation with abstraction and perspective—Hartley added spray paint to the oil-based image to “give a light source and show the different excavations within the paint.” He works in the tradition of early-20th-century British painters including Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, and Roger Fry, as well as the post-war Abstract Expressionists.

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Biography

Gabriel Hartley professes to “think about painting in a sculptural way,” as illustrated by his canvases on which “the paint becomes a material like plaster,” as he describes. Characterized by optical effects, bold linear brushstrokes, impasto, and elemental forms, Hartley’s paintings are notable for fusing dichotomies: depth and flatness, gloss and matte, painterly and photographic, and two- and three-dimensionality. For instance, in creating Pout (2010)—a gray-scale abstract painting referencing African masks and early Modernism’s experimentation with abstraction and perspective—Hartley added spray paint to the oil-based image to “give a light source and show the different excavations within the paint.” He works in the tradition of early-20th-century British painters including Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, and Roger Fry, as well as the post-war Abstract Expressionists.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Top emerging
Emerging representation
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Gabriel Hartley
Opening Tonight in New York
Jul 15th, 2015
Opening Tonight in New York
Up the Ladders and Down the Snakes of Gabriel Hartley’s Exuberant Paintings and Sculptures
Jun 16th, 2015
Up the Ladders and Down the Snakes of Gabriel Hartley’s Exuberant Paintings and Sculptures
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