"I think of my work as celebrating the spirit of everyone’s inner child. I strive to create a visual immediacy with bright and dark shades and lines that often combat each other keeping the viewer’s eye in perpetual motion, transcending the piece."
American Artist, Paul Hartel lives in Sligo, Ireland. He holds an MA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and BA from Ithaca College as well as a MoMA NYC Certificate.
"I paint and draw with oils, acrylics, oil pastels, and charcoal, mostly in abstract and neo-expressionist styles, with influences that include DeKooning, Pollock, Twombly, Clemente, Miro, Frankenthaler, Mitchel, and Wool. I believe my work yields a veracity that may otherwise be mitigated with hesitation. I subscribe to a rawness and sense of urgency that I feel parallels the excitement of life and all its accompanying intellectual, emotional and existential vicissitudes."
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