Othello De'Souza-Hartley is a London-based visual artist working with photography and film. Inspired by the mood and psychological themes of classical painting, his unique approach to composition, light and gaze combines to unveil the inner workings of his subject.
De'Souza-Hartley's aesthetic is enriched by paradox, injecting dynamism into static imagery and inviting the viewer to question the condition of his characters. Past photographic projects have sought to unmask the construction of masculinity in the 21st century, the ethereal haze of dreams and the inimitable nature of sartorial self-expression. Recent films bridge the relationship between photography and the moving image, while maintaining the flow of the avant-garde.
The artist has received commissions from a range of institutions including the National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He has had solo shows at the Camden Arts Centre and The Underground Gallery, and featured in group shows at the Gasworks Gallery and the APT gallery London.
His photographic work has appeared in a variety of publications including, Hunger Magazine, Le Journal De La Photographie, Trace Magazine, Neo 2, Monitor Magazine, The Guardian, Clam Magazine, and Amica Magazine.
De'Souza-Hartley was awarded an MA in Fine Art from Camberwell College of Art and previously studied photography at Central St Martins. In 2011, the artist received an Arts Award from the University of Arts London.