Portraitfoto des Künstler Patrick Hartl, mit verschränkten Armen in seinem Studio vor Arbeiten im Hintergrund

MeetPatrick Hartl

Patrick Hartl (*1976 in Munich) is a German contemporary artist with a passion for handwriting and lettering. He started painting graffiti at the age of 15 and learned his artistic skills over the years among the growing art milieus of urban youth cultures. While studying graphic design, he eventually discovered a love for calligraphy and stylized fonts deeply rooted in Gothic script in Old German. Through calligraphy, Patrick Hartl combines an ancient craft with the new style of graffiti from the street. By merging tradition and modernity as well as text and image, he develops his own distinctive style. In Hartl's artworks, traces of abstract art and influences from Jackson Pollock's Drip Painting can therefore be found alongside graffiti and calligraphy. His works often have a complex structure in which texts and letters overlap several times. Only upon closer inspection does it become apparent that Hartl's work, which appears monochromatic, is the result of multiple layers of paint and a variety of colors. For over two decades, Patrick Hartl has been reinventing his style with perfection time and again. He is thus one of the most influential writing artists and a member of the prestigious artist circle of "CALLIGRAFFITI ARTISTS". Text: Ánh Nguyen (Art Historian)

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