John Hartman

John Hartman is one of Canada’s preeminent painters, known for his gestural and impasto depictions of some of the country’s most iconic landscapes. In his early pastels, etchings and paintings, Hartman seamlessly intertwined stories and place, depicting personal and more generally-known narratives in his skies. While narrative elements still occasionally appear in his work, Hartman’s most recent series, The Great Divide Traverse and Canadian Authors, focus on place as experienced by specific individuals who have captivated Hartman with their encounters. Hartman paints their portraits, larger than life, above the landscapes they describe. 


John Hartman was born in Midland, Ontario in 1950. He has exhibited extensively in Canada as well as in New York, New Orleans and London, England. His work was the subject of two widely acclaimed travelling museum exhibitions, CITIES (2007-2010) and Big North (1999-2001). In 2008, Hartman’s drypoint etchings were shown alongside those by David Milne in the exhibition, Invention and Revival at the Carleton University Art Gallery. Collections include the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax.