Born in 1970 – St Helen’s, England – Stuart Hartley is a visual artist who lives and works in London. Known for fusing painting and sculpture, his artwork realises ‘the presence of an incident’ physically by isolating moments or encounters that interrupt the routine structure of daily life.
Hartley’s practice sits between painting and sculpture with its genesis lying in the structure and event that conflate to produce a painting. A dialogue between surface and support is created that challenges the historical singular and frontal approach to painting. The space the work creates and its migration into the space of other mediums, begins to shift the works emphasis from a two-dimensional surface into an environment that engages the viewer both visually and physically. As a result, perceptions, time, space and event become involved with the work questioning the boundaries and elements that are evident within painting.
In his series ‘Event & Incident’ Hartley’s work taps into the idea of collective moments and the experiences we carry and delve into when we are confronted with a choice or decision.
The works give a colourful and playful visual dance on an initial encounter, but it is with further exploration that the ideas around singular moments start to evolve. The letters used in the first ten words of a book or poem have been randomly scattered around the work, partially tucked away and hidden on the balls, reducing their significance to single letters and emphasizing the need for the author’s personal history to interact with them, allowing the creative moment to happen. It is within this moment that the physical and visual play dissipates and the work shifts from the ‘here and now’ into an encounter with the moment just prior to creation.
2005 – 2007 MFA – The Slade School of Fine Art – UCL – London
2002 – 2005 BA Fine Art (1st Class Hons.) Manchester Metropolitan University
“New Work” – The Curwen & New Academy Gallery – London 2009
“A Conversation in Priorities” – Jerwood – London 2008
Selected Group Shows
The London Art Fair –Business Design Centre – London 2016
Art Fairs with Mark Jason Gallery in London, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York – 2018
The London Art Fair –Business Design Centre – London 2017
Art Fairs with Mark Jason Gallery in London, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York – 2017
The London Art Fair –Business Design Centre – London 2015
‘The Dream of Modern Living’ Warrington Museum & Art Gallery 2015
Art Fairs with Mark Jason Gallery in London, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York – 2014 – 2016
The London Art Fair –Business Design Centre – London 2014
‘Smaller than a Lemon’ – Angelica Studios – High Wycombe – 2011
The Open West 2011 – Cheltenham – 2011
The London Art Fair 2008 – Business Design Centre, London – 2008
MFA degree show at The Slade School of Fine Art, London – 2007
‘AsDa’, DaGallery, London – 2007
Interim Show at The Slade School of Fine Art, London – 2006
Colour & Light, Woburn Square, London – 2006
Northern Graduates – Curwen & New Accademy Gallery, London & Newcastle. 2005
‘For One Week Only’ – Manchester Metropolitan University Degree Show 2005
Selected Collections & Commissions
Coutts – London; Isle of Man & Jersey; American Airlines; ED&F Man London; 100 New Oxford
Street, London; 33 Gracechurch Street, London; Columbus Capital – London; Red Pepper London,
Grainger Plc. London; Dryland – London, Gruss – London & Hong Kong; Trowers & Hamlins –
London, Bruntwood – Manchester; Portland Estates – London; Baker/Botts – London; Royal Bank of
Scotland – Bishops Gate; Advent – Luxembourg & London; Miller – London; 64 Knightsbridge –
London; Bassadone – France; TDR Finance – London; TT International – London; Stephenson/Bell
Architects – Manchester; DFDS – London; Advent – London. Private collections internationally.
John Moores 2012 – short listed, Anthology 2011short listed, Celeste Art Prize – Short listed 2007 ;
Winner of the DF/DS Fine Art Prize 2003
Ideal Home Magazine May 2017, FX Magazine 2012, Pauls Art World 2011, Saatchi Gallery on-line
magazine February 2007, Celeste Art Prize 2007; The Independent Newspaper UK – ‘BritArt, the next
generation’ 2007; Interior Design Magazine – USA 2005