My Highlights from Art Toronto
John Hartman’s work first garnered attention with his 1993 exhibition entitled Painting at Bay at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Revered at this time for his impressions of Canada's Georgian Bay area, he later began mixing thick swirls of oil paint with blended elements of both landscape and the figurative. His experimentation with the canvas and expansion of the notion of landscape painting allowed for him to develop a distinct and recognizable painterly style.
Between 1999-2002, Hartman received national exposure with the exhibition and book Big North which toured Canada. Since then, he continues to question the relationship between people/place, and figurative/landscape as the viewer is forced to question what subject dominates the foreground, and which subject submits to the background in his work. He is now exhibited and collected regularly both nationally and internationally.
—Courtesy of Waddington's
Signature: Signed, titled, and dated 2002 on the reverse
Private Collection, Toronto
Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary
John Hartman creates complex landscape and cityscape paintings inspired by the natural environment of his native Canada and the formal qualities of German Expressionism. The artist paints in a thick, energetic impasto to craft compositions from an aerial perspective. Toeing the line between abstraction and representation, he often incorporates narrative and figurative elements into his vividly colored skies. Regardless of subject, Hartman’s paintings always highlight the impermanence of humanity.
Canadian, b. 1950, Midland, Ontario