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Paul Hartel I love abstract art - the sight, texture, color and smell of it! I believe it engages the “inner child” in all of us and challenges our thoughts and senses. It is the bridge between fantasy and reality and is like a doorway leading wherever you want it to go. I strive to capture an element of spontaneity in my work that I believe gives a piece “purity” and “veracity” that may be lost with detailed planning and hesitation. I experiment with mostly abstract and neo-Expressionist styles, and use virtually any method to apply paint to the canvas that works “in the moment” (scraping, dripping, finger painting, etc.). I strive for that “rawness” that may immediately captivate the viewer to want more. Perhaps that allows my work to stand out - kind of a “fearless spontaneity.” I think that also relates to what I would hope my art will accomplish for the viewer - a sense of childlike freedom that itself brings a joyful light-heartedness, an inviting “musicality” if you will, even for more somber subjects. View press release and exhibition information on Agora-Gallery.com
http://www.art-mine.com/artistpage/paul_hartel.aspx Paul Hartel Collective exhibition January 14 - February 4, 2014 Reception: Thursday January 16, 2014 6-8 PM Press Release As he creates images infused with the purity of the moment, Paul Hartel paints with a playful sense of freedom and an energetic vibrancy. His paintings surge with an expressively joyful abstraction, filled with explosive movements of color and texture, at times referencing reality with elements of figures and scenes as he brings to life a rhythmic spontaneity and raw dynamism. Throughout Hartel’s art one discovers a celebration of the inner child, as he makes the subconscious visual with an interpretive jazz styling. Building his works in oil and acrylic paints on canvas, Hartel occasionally adds charcoal and uses a variety of tools and techniques to apply his mediums, including pouring, scraping, and his fingers. Raised in upstate New York, Paul Hartel has lived throughout the United States and Ireland and now resides in West Virginia, where in addition to his career as an artist and photographer, he also works as a physician specializing in pathology. He has achieved a Master’s degree in Psychology and Medical Science as well as his Doctorate in Medicine.