Gabriel Hartley

Gabriel Hartley Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Gabriel Hartley


Oil and spray paint on canvas

260 x 200 cm
“When I made Pout I was thinking about modernist painting, African masks, and modes of abstraction. I really enjoy the energy of ‘primitivism’, but these things feel so familiar now they’re quite difficult to use. I wanted to make it feel new again, like how it was perceived in the first place: raw and dynamic. I started painting and different connotations came up, like Max Ernst and Miro’s tapestries; it’s about appropriation in some ways. I make a lot of sculpture and think about painting in a sculptural way. The work has lots of different layers and the paint becomes a material like plaster or something. I use a lot of spray paint with the oil, this gives a light source and shows the different excavations within the paint; it brings out the different layers that have been masked or covered up. I don’t usually work in grey scale, but I was thinking of totemic sculpture or tribal masks, something quite sombre and grand. It’s how we look at images of these things: in black and white photographs and old books.”

Gabriel Hartley's Biography

Gabriel Hartley
Born in London
Lives and works in London


Foxy Production, New York
Liste 15, Basel, Switzerland (with Foxy Production)

Gabriel Hartley. Curated by Sarah McCrory, Swallow Street, London


Fine Things to Be Seen. Curated by Tom Juneau and Ben Street. Kensal Green Cemetery, London
Who Loves The Sun. Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Detroit, Mi
TAG: From 3 to 36: New London Painting. Brown, London

Studio Voltaire Presents. Curated by Sarah McCrory, Boltelang, Zurich
Abstract Abstract. Foxy Production, New York
Jerwood Contemporary Painting Prize. Jerwood Space, London
Five Brothers in Seven Sisters. Backlit Gallery, Nottingham

Bloomberg New Contemporaries. A Foundation, Liverpool; Club Row, London
John Moores Painting Prize. Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Royal Academy Schools Summer Show. Royal Academy, London
Painting Show. Parade Space, London
Peles Collection. Peles Empire, London

2007 Bloomberg New Contemporaries. Club Row, London; Cornerhouse, Manchester; The New Art Gallery Walsall
Premiums. Royal Academy of Arts, London
Touch. Chelsea Future Space, London