Born in 1981, London, UK
Lives and works in London, UK
PGDipFA, Royal Academy School, London, UK
B.A., Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, UK
Gabriel Hartley’s paintings strike the viewer with immediacy and vigour. Even though the paintings are heavily worked, they avoid incertitude. The paint is scraped, scored, cut and allowed to congeal, but the use of carefully applied spray paint helps to mask and atten the surface, while paradoxically, highlighting the blemishes. The spray paint acts as both a concealer and an enhancer.