Richard Hartwell -
paintings, drawings, objects and texts

Opening: Thursday, 7. September 2006 7 p.m.
Duration: 08.09 - 14.10.2006


We cordially invite you and your friends to the private view of the exhibition I AM, paintings, drawings, objects and texts by Richard Hartwell, on Thursday the 7th of September 2006 at 7 PM.

In his 5th one man show at Osterwalder’s Art Office, the English artist, resident in Hamburg, constructs an installation that tells stories. It contains a special selection of his paintings, drawings, objects and texts from various creative periods. The exhibition’s title “I AM” is also the title of a large adjustable relief from the “Pantomorph” series which he began in 2000. The presentation evolves upwards, horizontally, non chronologically and evades all accustomed hanging criteria, including the usual gap between works. As a consequence, a field of associations expands to ‘possesses’ the gallery and give the spectator freedom to look as and where he will. The exhibition highlights the artist’s 60th birthday. The, not only technically talented, artist was born in 1946 in Cambridgeshire England and has lived and worked in Hamburg for 33 years.

His concept for the show grew from experiences gained with other recent exhibitions such as: „Metaphorical Mirrors“ and „The Elusive Lady“ 2003, „Fire“ 2004 and „Tilt Time“ 2005. As in those shows, Hartwell relates personal experiences in texts hung with the works. They directly and indirectly speak of the development of perceptions. For example he investigates confrontations with himself in a mirror, experiences with foreign cultures and his relationship to the sky.

Hartwell has been known as a painter and printmaker since the seventies. However, he has realised his ideas in many ways: in studies for and the construction of multimedia installations, apparatus for creating sounds and tape recordings. Apart from this his writings deal with ways of seeing and the genesis of inclinations.

....The creation and the reception of art have to do with self-discovery. All of us are individuals. One of the important tasks in life is to get to know your self. Exclusively through this knowledge we gain the necessary competence for understanding others, exchanging with them, helping them, living and working with them... (Richard Hartwell)

Richard Hartwell studied in Cambridge, London, Vienna and Hamburg. He made extensive journeys in Europe, the USA and Latin America, on which he collected inspiration for his work. He was awarded bursaries and spent working periods in Schloß Blekede Lower Saxony, Cité International des Arts Paris, Casa Baldi Olivano Romano Italy and Schleswig- Holsteinischen Künstlerhaus. His series of 46 one man shows to date began in Berlin 1970 and with “Newspaper” at the Hamburger Kunsthalle in 1973. Since then his work has been represented in numerous exhibitions, for example through out Germany, in London, Zurich, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. They have also been purchased for public collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum London and the Van-Gogh-Museum Amsterdam.

He has lived and worked for 3 years at the Künstlerhaus Hamburg-Bergedorf and will be present at the opening. We would be delighted to greet you at our gallery..

deutsche version

Heino Goeb
Shez Dawood (shez360)
Lela Erlenwein
Christiane Gerlach
Vanessa Grannum
Kevin Francis Gray
Richard Hartwell
Tim Head

Eva Köchling
David Neat - Pralinenobjekte

Nemo G. Struckmeier

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