Sylvia von Hartmann at 80

Sylvia von Hartmann

05 May 2022 - 28 May 2022

This May, The Gallery is celebrating Sylvia von Hartmann’s 80th birthday with an exhibition dedicated to her wax paintings and printmaking. Sylvia is an instinctive artist whose practice explores everyday experience through close observation, and in doing so expresses the human heart.

Sylvia von Hartmann’s method of composing her pictures is itself a kind of code to preserve secrets, to protect, to only partly reveal… She uses gouache – opaque watercolour – and over it she works with pigmented wax, she then draws through the wax surfaces and veilings with a razor blade and an old steel gramophone. She is therefore on the one hand covering over, and on the other, disclosing.
- Christopher Andreae

This will be an immersive exhibition bringing together wax painting, prints, painted furniture and objects providing further narrative and insight into von Hartmann’s world of detail. Her work is held in numerous public collections.


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