Alex Hartley was born in West Byfleet, Surrey in 1963. He studied at Camberwell School of Arts, London (1988) and completed his MA at the Royal College of Art, London, from in 1990. Alex Hartley currently lives and works in London.
Hartley has recently participated in Folkestone Triennial 2014 and undertaken a residency with the National Trust for Scotland (2013); he has exhibited at venues including the Contemporary Arts Centre, Ohio, US (2014); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (2013); Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester (2012); Artists Taking the Lead, Cultural Olympiad Project (2012); The World is Still Big, Victoria Miro Gallery, London (2011); Fundación Canal, Madrid (2008); Leeds Metropolitan Gallery, Leeds (2008, solo); Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2007, solo); Natural History Museum, Liverpool (2006); Urbis, Manchester (2006); Distrito Cuatro, Madrid (2003, solo); The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (2001) and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (2000). Since 1997 Hartley has been engaged in collaborative site-specific projects with architects including David Adjaye Associates and Alford, Hall, Monaghan and Morris and in 2005 won the Linklaters Commission, the Barbican, London.
Photography, sculpture and architecture often combine in the work of Alex Hartley. He is concerned with how we experience the world around us, both the natural and the built environment, with a particular interest in ‘iconic’ architecture and injecting it with new meaning. Hartley's work confronts his audiences with new ways of physically experiencing and thinking about our constructed environment. He achieves this through his choice of materials, scale, surface, line, locations and context. His practice encompasses many different mediums, comprising room-sized architectural installations, sculptural photographic compositions and more recently unique photographic works with sculptural elements inserted as low-relief into the surfaces of large-scale colour prints. All of Hartley's work explore modern architecture and consider how it is conceived, presented and utilized.