Dave Hartley is a British artist born in Hyde, Cheshire is now based in Stockport, near to Manchester.
Dave captures the serene beauty of a forgotten industrial past with his skillful markings almost petering on realism in pencil. They could be nostalgic to some whilst moving and peaceful to others.
David is greatly influenced by and can be compared to the late Northern artist Trevor Grimshaw while he also is inspired by other Northern artists including Harry Rutherford and the Northern impressionist painter Adolphe Valette.
The subjects in his drawings often focus on singular figures or small details in the fabric of the urban landscape. It might be a street lamp or a barbed wire fence in the foreground suspended onto a backdrop of a vast sky with light diminishing to the distant horizon.
Dave’s work regularly appears on the Northern Art page of Facebook and he has exhibited throughout the North West of England in many galleries including Messum’s. These include Todmorden Fine Art, The Colin Jellicoe Gallery, Colourfield Gallery and Stockport Art Gallery. Featuring in many private collections, his original drawings are now becoming widely sought after.