SASCHA HARTMANN - BIOGRAPHY
With both Italian and German heritage, Harti grew up in Italy and Switzerland and later married his Scottish wife and raised his family in Glasgow for some 17 years before moving to the British Isles - Jersey. He has spent his life observing and studying the diversity and history of cultures and lifestyles both from a political and societal perspective. Harti’s innate questioning nature and thirst for knowledge and understanding of the human psyche led him to qualify as a clinical neuro psychologist from the University of Zurich.
As a musician and composer from a young age, Harti then extended his creative talents into the field of animation. Harti’s life-long professional interests and learning have culminated in an electrifying and truth-telling collection of art expressed on vast canvasses that capture and question belief systems, societal anxieties, political oppression, love, hate, desire.
Harti, a contemporary political artist, has his art denoting from the modernist, pop art movement. Through his work, Harti asks the viewer to question their own self, as well as political, historical and religious doctrines.
In ‘From Obfuscation to Lucidity’ exhibition, Harti portrays the clash of the divine and earthly domains. In bringing the divine world closer to our current Covid-eaten society, the canvasses offer comparisons between divinity and capitalism. Here, Harti attempts to heighten the viewers’ awareness of the effect of theology and/or versus philosophy upon our lives and society and asks us to reflect upon the issues we currently face.
Harti shows, through his work, that he is a master of layering. The aim: to stimulate, engage and challenge the viewer to peel back layers of their own mind is combined with the need to also entertain. Darkness and light, an overarching juxtaposition in Harti’s art works is played with on different levels: good versus evil and comedic pop art versus the manipulation of old Masters that, in itself, offers another playful layer, with its nod towards the mid 16th to 17th Century Tenebrism technique that uses extreme contrasts of light and dark in figurative compositions to heighten dramatic effect.
As a story-teller, a truthsayer, a deep-thinker, Harti has waited 25 years to graphically convey his voice through his dramatic artistic commentaries.