The next exhibition at Antonio Wehrli Art Space will start on Saturday, January 22, 2022. POWER OF NATURE by Dominic Hartmann will be the first Solo exhibition of the artist at a gallery space.
Dominic Hartmann's Art Curriculum: 1984 born in Zurich 2004 first stay at a psychological institution 2005 first art exhibition of photo-realistic works of art 2005 Destruction of almost all works, what he repeated often until 2019 2005-2019 creating art in secret 2019 first steps to the public by showing his works to a wider range of friends 2022 Solo exhibition “Power of Nature” at Antonio Wehrli Art Space 2022 Artist Studio in Linthal, Switzerland Since childhood, Dominic Hartmann was interested in all things beautiful. However, life took him in a different direction, away from an artistic career. In 2004 he received a first psychological treatment for depression. In 2006 he was diagnosed with “autism and social phobia”. After a first attempt and step to the public in 2005, he painted withdrawn from public and kept his artworks secret. He destroyed the photo-realistic works shown at the exhibition in 2005 out of frustration. After that, he showed his paintings only to close family members and often destroyed them in the search of something unknown. Hartmann has been presenting his works to a larger circle of friends since 2019. With the sale of various works, his self-confidence and readiness for further opening steps grew. His artistic career will officially begin in 2022 with the first solo exhibition at the Swiss art gallery Antonio Wehrli Art Space and with the establishing of his artist studio in Linthal, Switzerland. Very likely, he will need phases of complete isolation again and again in the future.
above: "Kawing" - 100cm x 150cm - Acrylic on Canvas - 2021
The paintings shown at the exhibition “Power of Nature” are not photorealistic, but show a figurative expressionism. In the words of Dominic Hartmann, this style was created as follows:
“Frustrated by the attempt to paint a leaf on canvas - what an ugly structure without life and dynamism appeared before me - I fell into anger and sadness. How clumsy this attempt and ridiculous. In my anger, I tore a clump of leaves from my houseplant, which was to serve as a template, pulled it through the colors and hit it against the canvas.
How wonderful that which has arisen!
Forfeited and happy, amazed at what I saw, this liveliness, this perfection, this power that emanated from the pattern that was created, as if it were floating and growing out of the canvas. I went out quickly and looked for all sorts of materials, which I then helped dance over the canvas."
If you plan to visit the exhibition on the first opening day, please sign up with an estimated time frame.
The artist will be present.
Due to current regulations, only a maximum of 10 people are allowed inside the gallery at any given time.
Thank you for your understanding.
On Saturday, January 22, the gallery will be open between 14:00 and 18:00.
Afterwards every Thursday and Saturday between 14:00 and 17:00 and on request.
I am looking forward to your visit.
All the best,
Turn your life colorful!