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.”

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Caroline Achaintre    Tasha Amini    Hurvin Anderson    Maurizio Anzeri    Jonathan Baldock    Anna Barriball    Steve Bishop    Karla Black    Lyn. Yiadom Boakye    Pablo Bronstein    Alan Brooks    Peter Linde Busk    Carla Busuttil    Nicholas Byrne    Gareth Cadwallader    Juliana Cerqueira Leite    Spartacus Chetwynd    Steven Claydon    Clarisse d'Arcimoles    William Daniels    Matthew Darbyshire    Graham Durward    Tim Ellis    Tom Ellis    Richard Evans    Tessa Farmer    Marcus Foster    Robert Fry    Ximena Garrido-Lecca    Jaime Gili    Nick Goss    Luke Gottelier    Kate Groobey    Anthea Hamilton    Anne Hardy    Gabriel Hartley    Nicholas Hatfull    Iain Hetherington    Alexander Hoda    Sigrid Holmwood    James Howard    Graham Hudson    Dean Hughes    Des Hughes    Mustafa Hulusi    Paul Johnson    Edward Kay    Idris Khan    Scott King    Ansel Krut    littlewhitehead    Christina Mackie    Alastair Mackinven    Goshka Macuga    Ryan Mosley    Rupert Norfolk    Arif Ozakca    Mark Pearson    Dan Perfect    Peter Peri    Olivia Plender    Henrijs Preiss    Ged Quinn    Clunie Reid    Barry Reigate    Luke Rudolf    Maaike Schoorel    Daniel Silver    David Brian Smith    Renee So    Fergal Stapleton    Clare Stephenson    Systems House    Caragh Thuring    Phoebe Unwin    Donald Urquhart    Jonathan Wateridge    John Wynne    Toby Ziegler

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