Patrick Hartl

Germany 1976

Illustration, Calligraphy, Design

Patrick Hartl
Patrick Hartl
May 15, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Patrick Hartl is a multitalented German artist and designer who works in a wide range of media including illustration, graffiti, calligraphy, and digital compositing. A master of handcrafted designs and analog works, and one of the foremost urban calligraphers, Hartl has been involved in making art for almost two decades, and his oeuvre has been exhibited in cities from San Francisco to Amsterdam to Munich. Amongst his artistic practice, Hartl was the editor of Castle, an online magazine about creative art, design, and illustration which has been published quarterly since 2005.

Artistic Influences

Hartl started with graffiti at the age of 15, inspired by the work of a Munich writer ZROK known for pushing the boundaries of graffiti with his calligraphic style. Other influences include FLIN, Alexander Zöbisch (Starjump), Niklas Treugut, and Robert Kaltenhäuser. Beside them, he always admired the works of Futura, Delta, Zedz, SheOne, Mr Jago, Wizard Kings Crew, The Dude, Niels Shoe Meulman, and many others. Illustrators and comic book artists such as Vaughn Bodé, Frank Frazetta, Philippe Druillet, Hayao Miyazaki or Jean Giraud Moebius have always been a big influence on Hartl as well. Hartl’s art reflect his roots and inspiration: layer after layer, logos, characters, calligraphy, tags, posters overlay each other resulting in the amazing artworks.

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Patrick Hartl – Underwater Rhymes (Left) / Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (Right)

Stories from the Layer Collection

Hartl’s seemingly monochrome works, on closer inspection, turn out to be the result of a multitude of layers of paint and a colorful diversity. His favorite canvas is a ten years old wall, which has been bombed, cleaned, bombed again, crashed, washed, damaged, but which always tell a new and unique story. Some of that stories are currently on view at Only Art Club in Hamburg. Featuring works by Hartl and Robert Hoffmann, Stories from the Layer Collection will be on display until July 16th, 2016. The artist’s oeuvre has also been included in many exhibitions throughout Europe and the USA. In February 2016, Hartl’s work was on display in a solo show entitled Say My Name at Feierwerk Farbenladen in Munich. Additionally, he participated at STROKE Artfair, where his art was exhibited along the work of ten Calligraffiti Artists from all over the world.

Patrick Hartl lives and works in Munich.

Featured image: Patrick Hartl – portrait
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016(Forthcoming)Avantgarden Gallery, MilanonGroup
2016Stories from the Layer Collection, Patrick Hartl & Robert HoffmannOnly Art Club, HamburgnDuo
2016Buchstaben ArchitekturUrban Art Gallery, StuttgartGroup
2016Calligraffiti Ambassadors vs. STROKE ArtfairMunichGroup
2016Bloom Group Show MunichGroup
2016Can’t You Hear Me KnockingUblackerhausl, MunichnSolo
2016Say My NameFeierwerk Farbenladen, MunichSolo
2015WELTRAUM - die SammlungWeltraum Gallery, MunichnGroup
2015Affordable Artfair HamburgGroup
2015evoluciónHoneycomb Gallery, Buenos AiresGroup
2015Collection Vol.1Only Art Club, HamburgnGroup
2015STROKE Ltd. Artfair MunichGroup
2015Millerntor Gallery #5, Art FestivalHamburgGroup
2015WELTRAUMRathaus Galerie, MunichnGroup
2015ARTMUC ArtfairMunichGroup
2015STROKE ArtfairMunichGroup
2015The Big BämOnly Art Club, HamburgnGroup
201512aus14MuniqueART, MunichnGroup
2014Still just writing my nameMuniqueART, MunichnGroup
2014MUNICH BY ABSOLUT, Art ProjectMunichGroup
2014ARTMUC ArtfairMunchGroup
2014STROKE ArtfairMunchGroup
2014Still Just Writing My NameFarberei, MunichSolo
2011RITUALCausey Contemporary Gallery, New YorkGroup
2010Castle GroupshowFarberei, MunichGroup
2010Stroke02, Urban Contemporary Art FairMunichGroup
2010Castle Groupshow, BASSart FestivalForum am Deutschen Museum, MunichGroup
2009Power in Numbers 4Nucleus Gallery, Alhambra, CAGroup
20091Size-1Prize Pt.2 - Girls of DeathSuperplan Gallery, BerlinGroup
2009Stroke01, Urban Contemporary Art FairMunichGroup
2008Words for PeaceFresno Art Museum, Fresno, CAGroup
2007Words for PeaceCanessa Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2007Castle - The ShowGoerres10 Gallery, MunichGroup
2006Me, myself and IGutleut15 Gallery, FrankfurtGroup
2006Bananen im StrafraumFarberei, MunichGroup
2005Me, myself and IArti et Amicitiae Gallery, AmsterdamGroup
2005Me, myself and IHobbyshop Gallery, MunichGroup
2005Rudo Spemann Award, Calligraphy-ExhibitionKlingspor Museum, OffenbachGroup
2004Comicologischer Kongress - Face InvadersFaerberei, MunichGroup
2004Drei Tage freie Raume 04, ArtfairGoldene Gans, AugsburgGroup
2004NetARTeriaCulture Centre Gallery, Katowice, PolandGroup
2003Schwarz auf WeissFarberei, MunichGroup
2003Words for PeaceVelvet da Vinci Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2003Rudo Spemann AwardKlingspor Museum, OffenbachGroup
2003Drei Tage freie Raume 03, ArtfairKitzenmarkt, AugsburgGroup
2003Fiftyfive, Alexander Zobisch & Patrick HartlGalerie am Graben, AugsburgDuo
1999Watch out for the third RailStarnberger Flügelbahnhof, Central Station, MunichGroup