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Hagen G. Haltern

Hagen Haltern was born in western Germany in 1947. In his drawings, he merges abstract and realist form. His drawings are often broad marble powder washes, interspersed with subtle and intricately drawn architectural elements, landscapes, or figurative forms.  He lives in Provo, Utah.

After studying art in Cologne, Germany from 1964 to1968, Haltern taught drawing and etching. From 1972 to 1977 he studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf.   He began teaching at BYU in 1978 where he is currently a professor of art.

Haltern wrote a book The Spiritual Foundation and Anagogical Level of Meaning in the Celestial Style in which he analyzes the principles he believes lead to unified art.  Down Over Yosemite (1988) was featured at the Springville Museum of Art spring salon. His work has been shown at the Harris Fine Arts Center at Brigham Young University.

Biography adapted from Artists of Utah.

Hagen G. Haltern (1947-), is a native of Germany who now resides in Orem as a professor of art at Brigham Young University. He is a specialist in highly precise oil paintings and drawings expressing visionary-spiritualist themes in a surrealist manner. He has written theoretical treatises on religion in art that have been influential in Utah County.

Biography courtesy Artists of Utah.

Newspaper Articles

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, December 11, 1994.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, May 27, 1992.

"B.Y.U. Show Spotlights Art Faculty Diversity." The Deseret News, January 29, 1989.

"Sacred Landscapes." The Deseret News, May 28, 1998.

"Spiritual-Art Exhibit is More Than Inspiring." The Deseret News, December 18, 1994.

"Utah Landscapes Grace Springville Gallery." The Deseret News, November 12, 1989.

"Utahns With Roots In Spiritual Movement." The Salt Lake Tribune, December 25, 1994.


Haltern, Hagen G. "Featured Artist Hagen Haltern at Hawkinson Photograpy." Hawkinson Photography. (accessed July 3, 2008).


Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.

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