“I believe we all have a home landscape a place from our childhood, whose light, space and scale are the benchmark for all other landscapes. We all carry our home landscapes around inside us, ”Extract from: David MacFarlane, “The Map Maker: John Hartman’s Georgian Bay”, The Walrus , September 2014.
John Hartman’s rich, vibrant career as an artist has spanned decades, and his distinctive style, straddling the line between abstraction and representation, is well-recognized in the Canadian art world’s most established circles.
He is recognized for vivid large-scale landscapes that integrate figurative, landscape and narrative traditions. His colour drypoints have been compared to those of iconic Canadian artist David Milne. Hartman’s “Cities” series of aerial views, rendering urban regions as sinuous, breathing, creatures, curated by Stuart Reid, toured museums from 2007 to 2010 to international acclaim. The “Cities” paintings have exhibited in galleries across Canada and in New York and London. His lengthy list of solo exhibitions also includes New Orleans, and Copenhagen as well as coast-to-coast locations across Canada.
Hartman’s work is in the collections of over thirty important public institutions including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Library of Canada, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, the Mendel Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, and is also included in a number of significant corporate collections. His work has been exhibited and reviewed widely. John Hartman is based in Penetanguishene, Ontario.