G A R T N E R

- Behind the Matter -

 

 

 Gartner became active in the field of visual art in his own personal way : through music - more precisely jazz , bossa nova - and distant journey . Especially Brazil , country of melting pot of cultures . The native culture , the texture and the  "earth" colours are the basis of an uninterrupted research .

By a gradual process of progressive purification and originality , Gartner's  " individual style " was born .

Always in evolution , his recent paintings have disparate origins : they are rooted in  mysticism , poetry , mythology , archeology , the symbolism of nature or within the very personality of the artist himself . In his typical vocabulary of forms and techniques , he realizes works which testify to his authenticity and power of expression . Symbols , signs , characters  and abstraction are interlinked in ever changing variations .

Gartner's paintings cannot be explained unequivocally . It does take time to explore them . Gartner's artistic output is further characterised by a conscious introduction of duality within the same work .

Gartner is a painter in the true sense of the word : his pictorial craftmanship appears to be innate .

I would state that Gartner always transcends the purely material level of art , regardless of the material substrate and on the extra-pictorial elements he introduces in his works . Gartner always reaches the level of spiritualization .

                                                                  Ernest van Buynder , president of MUKHA

                                                                    Museum of Contemporary Art , Antwerp