Othello De'Souza-Hartley is a mixed media artist. His artistic mediums include photography, film, performance, sound, drawing and painting. He received an MA in Fine Art from Camberwell College of Art and previously studied photography at Central St Martins. He is the recipient of numerous commissions from a range of institutions including, Museum of Liverpool, National Portrait Gallery, The National Trust, The Photographers’ Gallery, Camden Arts Centre and Platform for Art. He has had solo shows at Campo XXV Aprile (Rome Art Week), Outside the Zone Gallery, Sulger-Buell Gallery, The Museum of Liverpool, Camden Arts Centre and The Underground Gallery, and featured in group shows at the Sulger- Buell Gallery, Gasworks Gallery and the APT gallery London. De’Souza-Hartley has been a visiting lecturer at Ravensbourne University London and Central St Martins.
De’Souza-Hartley’s work is about identity and emotions. He is inspired by the mood and psychological themes of classical paintings. Architecture plays a significant role in De’Souza-Hartley’s work as a coadjutor to the sitter. He works to create a harmony between the two, without one having more importance than the other and with each amplifying the other.
For De’Souza-Hartley, the interiors of Pitzhanger and particularly the focus just on the architecture resonate with him as an artist. That Pitzhanger on one hand is space abandoned by the Soanes while at the same time so rich with personal detail bears a common thread with the different architectural spaces that feature in his artwork.