Michael Hafftka
Michael 2406 - Observer Observed

Michael Hafftka
The Observer & The Observed, 1986
oil on linen
78"x200" / 198 x 508 cm

Art code GZ/MH-2406-ObserverObserved

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Michael Hafftka 2748-Deposition

Michael Hafftka
Deposition, 1987
oil on linen
78" X 200" / 198 x 508 cm

Art code GZ/MH-2748-Deposition

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Michael Hafftka 4053-LastWish

Michael Hafftka
Last Wish, 1999
oil on linen
78"x124" / 198 x 315 cm

Art code GZ/MH-4053-LastWish

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Michael Hafftka - 5747 Memory

Michael Hafftka
Memory, 2016
oil on linen
78" x 100" / 198 x 254 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5747-Memory

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Further Details

Memory, 2016 is an important work for understanding Hafftka’s philosophy of painting. Based on a recurring dream he had as a young child, the memory of it in later life was to bring him to a significant epiphany that changed his approach to painting:

"When I was a child before the age of 10, I had a recurring nightmare that woke me up in a cold sweat shivering with fear. The nightmare was that I was on a railroad handcar pumping relentlessly, going in all directions simultaneously at the speed of light and at any moment I would be completely obliterated. I never told my parents about the nightmare but every time it happened I was overwhelmed by it. Then one night I decided that I am not going to wake up, I am going to continue on the car and see what happens. The most astonishing thing happened, the experience turned to pleasure. In fact it was so desirable, I tried to recreate the feeling over and over again." - Hafftka.

On discovering a quote from Joseph Campbell’s Sukhavati: Place of Bliss: A Mythic Journey, Hafftka’s anxieties about painting were brought into sharp relief: the idea was that by switching a metaphorical fall into an unknown future into a voluntary act, hell becomes paradise. Applying that to painting, Hafftka realised that he had to abandon himself completely to the process of painting in order to succeed. This process of risking all then manifests itself in his works through an emotional intensity and technical energy which allow the full force of his vision to come to the fore. Hafftka’s nightmare in youth has become his art’s panacea.

Michael Hafftka 5964-Rescue

Michael Hafftka
Rescue, 2017
acrylic on linen
85" x 108" / 216 x 274 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5964-Rescue

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Michael Hafftka 5857

Michael Hafftka
An Arm's Length Transaction, 2017
oil on linen
78" x 58" / 198 x 147 cm

Art code GZ/MH- 5857-ArmsLength

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Michael Hafftka 5908 MaternalInstinct

Michael Hafftka
Maternal Instinct, 2018
watercolour, crayon & ink on paper
30" x 22" / 76 x 56 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5908-MaternalInstinct

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Michael Hafftka 5901-Sharing

Michael Hafftka
Sharing, 2017
watercolour, crayon & ink on paper
30" x 22" / 76 x 56 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5901-Sharing

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Michael Hafftka 5919

Michael Hafftka
Overtones, 2017
watercolour, crayon & ink on paper
30" x 22" / 76 x 56 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5919-Overtones

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Michael Hafftka 5714 Love

Michael Hafftka
Love, 2016
watercolour on handmade paper
26"x20" / 66 x 51 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5714-Love

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Michael Hafftka 1496 Grip

Michael Hafftka
Grip, 1984
oil on linen
78" X 62" / 198 x 157.5 cm

Art code GZ/MH-1496-Grip

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Michael Hafftka 5840 SpareTheRod

Michael Hafftka
Spare The Rod, 2017
oil on linen
16"x12" / 40.5 x 30.5 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5840-SpareTheRod

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Michael Hafftka -5831 AgeofVice

Michael Hafftka
Age of Vice, 2017
oil on linen
60"x48" / 152 x 122 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5831-AgeofVice

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Michael Hafftka 5833 Hug

Michael Hafftka
A Hug, 2017
acrylic on linen
40"x30" / 101.5 x 76 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5833-AHug

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Michael Hafftka 5844 BetweentheEyes

Michael Hafftka
Between The Eyes, 2017
parchment, watercolor, crayon & tacks on rubber
10"x10" / 25.5 x 25.5 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5844-BetweentheEyes

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Michael Hafftka 5752 Excavation

Michael Hafftka
Excavation, 2016
oil on linen
60" x 48" / 152 x 122 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5752-Excavation

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Michael Hafftka 5863

Michael Hafftka
Into The Realm of The Invisible, 2017
watercolour, ink & crayon on paper
30"x22" / 76 x 56 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5863-IntotheRealm

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Michael Hafftka 5577 Telepathy

Michael Hafftka
Telepathy, 2015
watercolour on paper
22"x16" / 56 x 40.5 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5577-Telepathy

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Michael Hafftka 5671 Secrets

Michael Hafftka
Secret, 2015
watercolour on paper
30"x22" / 76 x 56 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5671-Secret

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Michael Hafftka 5738-Three

Michael Hafftka
Three, 2016
watercolour on handmade paper
26" x 20" / 66 x 51 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5738-Three

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Michael Hafftka 5782 Self portrait

Michael Hafftka
Self Portrait, 2016
watercolour on paper
30" x 22" / 76 x 56 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5782-SelfPortrait

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Michael Hafftka 5711 Life Goes On

Michael Hafftka
Life Goes On, 2015
oil on linen
78"x58" / 198 x 147 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5711-LifeGoesOn

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Michael Hafftka 5729 Ancestors

Michael Hafftka
Ancestors, 2016
oil on linen
78" x 100" / 198 x 254 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5729-Ancestors

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Michael Hafftka 5400 Big Brother

Michael Hafftka
Big Brother, 2014
oil on linen
60"x48" / 152 x 122 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5400-BigBrother

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Michael Hafftka 5718 Undercover

Michael Hafftka
Undercover, 2016
oil on linen
60" x 48" / 152 x 122 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5718-Undercover

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Michael Hafftka 3915 Man and Elephant

Michael Hafftka
Man & Elephant, 1997
oil on linen
78"x62" / 198 x 157.5 cm

Art code GZ/MH-3915-Man&Elephant

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Michael Hafftka 3929 The Blessing

Michael Hafftka
The Blessing, 1997
oil on linen
78"x62" / 198 x 157.5 cm

Art code GZ/MH-3929-TheBlessing

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Further Details

"And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the first-born. [Genesis37:36 The Hebrew Bible in English according to the JPS 1917 Edition]." From "Stories from the Bible" by Michael Hafftka, https://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-hafftka/stories-from-the-bible_b_4491233.html

In this biblical story, Israel traditionally should have placed his right hand on the head of the elder boy to bless him; instead, he deliberately blesses the younger boy, Ephraim. This painting represents the struggle that Hafftka sometimes has in treating his children equitably.

Michael Hafftka 3819 History Lesson

Michael Hafftka
History Lesson, 1997
oil on linen
78" x100" / 198 x 254 cm

Art code GZ/MH-3819-HistoryLesson

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Michael Hafftka 4012 TheDayAfter

Michael Hafftka
The Day After, 1998
oil on linen
46" X 38" / 117 x 96.5 cm

Art code GZ/MH-4012-TheDayAfter

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Michael Hafftka 5399 OneWhoDoesn'tKnowHowtoAsk

Michael Hafftka
One Who Doesn't Know How To Ask, 2014
oil on copper
16"x12" / 40.5 x 30.5 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5399-Doesn'tKnowHowToAsk

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Michael Hafftka 4347 Gaze

Michael Hafftka
Gaze, 2001
oil on linen
16" x 12" / 40.5 x 30.5 cm

Art code GZ/MH-4347-Gaze

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Michael Hafftka 5849 Minds Eye

Michael Hafftka
Mind's Eye, 2017
watercolour, ink & crayon on paper
16"x12" / 40.5 x 30.5 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5849-MindsEye

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Michael Hafftka 5848 The Wall

Michael Hafftka
The Wall, 2017
watercolour, ink & crayon on paper
16"x12" / 40.5 x 30.5 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5848-TheWall

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Michael Hafftka 5845 Closing

Michael Hafftka
Closing, 2017
watercolour, ink & crayon on paper
30"x22" / 76 x 56 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5845-Closing

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Michael Hafftka 5846 Tongue Tied

Michael Hafftka
Tongue Tied, 2017
watercolour & ink on paper
16"x12" / 40.5 x 30.5 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5846-TongueTied

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Michael Hafftka 5805 Man and Beast

Michael Hafftka
Man And Beast, 2016
watercolour on paper
42" x 30" / 106.5 x 76 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5805-ManBeast

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Michael Hafftka 5692 Disengagement

Michael Hafftka
Disengagement. 2015
watercolour on paper
37" x 49" / 94 x 124.5 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5692-Disengagement

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Michael Hafftka 5931 Animal Kingdom

Michael Hafftka
Animal Kingdom, 2017
watercolour, crayon & ink on paper
10.5" x 7.5" / 26.5 x 19 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5931-AnimalKingdom

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Michael Hafftka 5837 Conflict

Michael Hafftka
Conflict, 2017
watercolour, ink & crayon on paper
30"x22" / 76 x 56 cm

Art code GZ/MH-5837-Conflict

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