- Belgo - Israeli - painter .
Gartner became active in the field of visual art in his own personal way : through music - more precisely jazz , bossa nova - and distant journey . Especially Brazil , country of melting pot of cultures . The native culture , the texture and the "earth" colours are the basis of an uninterrupted research .
By a gradual process of progressive purification and originality , Gartner's " individual style " was born .
Always in evolution , his recent paintings have disparate origins : they are rooted in mysticism , poetry , mythology , archeology , the symbolism of nature or within the very personality of the artist himself . In his typical vocabulary of forms and techniques , he realizes works which testify to his authenticity and power of expression . Symbols , signs , characters and abstraction are interlinked in ever changing variations .
Gartner's paintings cannot be explained unequivocally . It does take time to explore them . Gartner's artistic output is further characterised by a conscious introduction of duality within the same work .
Gartner is a painter in the true sense of the word : his pictorial craftmanship appears to be innate .
I would state that Gartner always transcends the purely material level of art , regardless of the material substrate and on the extra-pictorial elements he introduces in his works . Gartner always reaches the level of spiritualization .
Ernest van Buynder , president of MUKHA
Museum of Contemporary Art , Antwerp
Traces and Memories
Gartner's works appear to be pages , torn loose from inventory of memory . However , this coded language of which we can only try to guess the meaning , strikes us as quite familiar : as if the artist first proceeded to a thorough a self-analysis before addressing the spectator . I am particulary touched by the sincerity of his work . Gartner approaches us from the very core of his being and shows us fragments of his life which appeal to our emotions and stimulate our imagination .