Othello De’Souza-Hartley

b.1977

Othello De'Souza-Hartley is a London based visual artist working in mixed mediums. He received an MA in Fine Art from Camberwell College of Art and previously studied photography at Central St Martins.

De’Souza-Hartley’s work is inspired by the local, narratives of the body in relation to the history of place and coded space, and the complexities of identity formation. His work challenges notions of social and cultural normativity. He presents his subjects as components of an enigma, or indeed as enigmas themselves, suspended in a moment of timelessness, where the confines of age, race and gender have the potential to dissipate and be redefined. His work has anthropological sensibility, by revealing the psychological and social conditions of his subjects, he seeks to strip away the veneer between a person and their world. De’Souza-Hartley’s works illuminate the forgotten narratives of the ordinary stranger; from the working-class man to the community protagonist.

Influenced by moody, classical painting aesthetics; the subtleties of tonal colours and composition, ‘De’Souza-Hartley’s imagery is often an intoxicating paradox within a silent world; dark, but resolutely beautiful’.

De'Souza-Hartley is the recipient of numerous commissions including the National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers' Gallery, Victoria Albert Museum, Camden Arts Centre and Platform for Art. He has had solo exhibitions at The Museum of Liverpool, The Camden Arts Centre and The Underground Gallery, and has been included in group shows at the Sulger-Buell Lovel Gallery, Gasworks Gallery and the APT Gallery in London.

 

Othello De’Souza-Hartley

Selected Works

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Latest Insights

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Rome Art Week 2018 Open Studio Event

Rome Art Week 2018 Open Studio Event

Othello De’Souza-Hartley
News
08 Oct 2018

Othello De'Souza-Hartley In Conversation during Rome Art Week 2018 at the Roman Centre of Photography and Cinema

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Othello De'Souza-Hartley in conversation

Othello De'Souza-Hartley in conversation

Othello De’Souza-Hartley
News
29 Sep 2018

Rodrigo Orrantia, Karin Bareman & DY Ngoy join the artist in conversation as his latest exhibition comes to a close

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BBC World News Africa feature Othello De'Souza-Hartley

BBC World News Africa feature Othello De'Souza-Hartley

Othello De’Souza-Hartley
Interviews, News, Press
29 Sep 2018

Othello De'Souza-Hartley on the beauty of human skin  

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Photomonitor feature for September 2018

Photomonitor feature for September 2018

Othello De’Souza-Hartley
News, Press
01 Sep 2018

Online magazine focusing on photography and lens-based media in the UK and Ireland has published their feature portfolio.

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'Before the Last Moment' a street exhibition in Shoreditch London

'Before the Last Moment' a street exhibition in Shoreditch London

Othello De’Souza-Hartley
News, Artwork Interactions
24 Aug 2018

'Before the Last Moment' exhibited at billboard size during a street exhibition' in Shoreditch, London, 18 August - 23 October 2018.

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Othello De'Souza-Hartley completes his 32˚ East - Ugandan Arts Trust Residency

Othello De'Souza-Hartley completes his 32˚ East - Ugandan Arts Trust Residency

Othello De’Souza-Hartley
News
11 Jan 2018

Results of Othello's six week residency in Ugunda

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Othello De'Souza-Hartley talks at London Art Fair 2018

Othello De'Souza-Hartley talks at London Art Fair 2018

Othello De’Souza-Hartley
News
11 Jan 2018

'ReMaking History' chaired by Brett Rogers, Director of Photographer's Gallery, on Friday 19 January 2018 at 16:00

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32˚ East - Ugandan Arts Trust Residency

32˚ East - Ugandan Arts Trust Residency

Othello De’Souza-Hartley
News
05 Sep 2017

Othello De'Souza-Hartley in residency at 32˚ East l Ugandan Arts Trust

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Masculinity, coal mines and Caravaggio…

Masculinity, coal mines and Caravaggio…

Othello De’Souza-Hartley
Interviews
04 Apr 2017

Christabel Samuel interviews Othello De-Souza Hartley. He gives us some insight about his inspirations and influences. 

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What's Hot London

What's Hot London

Othello De’Souza-Hartley , Nú Barreto
News
05 Jul 2016

Rites of Passage: Between Light and Shadow

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Masculinity matters

Masculinity matters

Othello De’Souza-Hartley
Interviews
03 Jul 2016

Adelaide Demoah interview

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The Nuanced

The Nuanced

Othello De’Souza-Hartley
Interviews
25 May 2016

We meet Othello De’Souza­Hartley, photographer and visual artist.

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Exhibitions

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Othello De'Souza-Hartley 'I AM' curated by Rodrigo Orrantia

Othello De'Souza-Hartley 'I AM' curated by Rodrigo Orrantia

Othello De’Souza-Hartley
London
06 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018

"Questioning stereotypes and scripted roles of gender and race, the works on this exhibition span more than five years..."

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'Rites of Passage: Between Light and Shadow' (London)

'Rites of Passage: Between Light and Shadow' (London)

Othello De’Souza-Hartley , Nú Barreto, Neill Wright, Wycliffe Mundopa, Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude
London
13 Jun 2016 - 07 Aug 2016

Simultaneous Exhibition - London and Cape Town A group exhibition featuring, in London: Nú Barreto, Othello De'Souza-Hartley, Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude, Wycliffe Mundopa, Neill ...

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Publications

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Othello De'Souza-Hartley 'I AM' curated by Rodrigo Orrantia

Othello De'Souza-Hartley 'I AM' curated by Rodrigo Orrantia

Othello De’Souza-Hartley
Publication
06 Sep 2018

"Questioning stereotypes and scripted roles of gender and race, the works on this exhibition span more than five years..."

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