JOHN HARTMAN: FLYING INTO CAPE DORSET
JULY 8 - 31, 2021
In November 1989, John Hartman travelled to Cape Dorset for a month-long residency at the Kinngait Studios. Hartman worked alongside young and senior artists in the lithography workshop and taught a course in drawing. When Hartman returned to his studio in Lafontaine, Ontario, he made works on paper and oil paintings based on his studies and memories of his experiences in Cape Dorset.
At the centre of this exhibition are three oil paintings that have never been shown before. They are examples of some of Hartman’s earliest paintings. In these works, Hartman uses vivid colour and gestural brushstrokes to describe the landscape while haunting figures float over Cape Dorset. Several works in this exhibition illustrate Hartman’s admiration for the Inuit artists’ respective practices including Kenojuak Ashevak, who would draw with her body lifted onto the giant litho stones. Another vivid memory for Hartman is the dramatic experience of landing and taking off on the air strip in Cape Dorset. Short in length and set on the edge of a cliff over the harbour, it allows little margin for error.
Also included in the exhibition are drypoint etchings, pastels, watercolours, monoprints and drawings on the subject of Cape Dorset. With his expressive use of line, Hartman recounted the stories of everyday life with a mix of detailed observation and imagination.
John HartmanRising through the Sea, 1991 pastel on paper
26 x 40 1/4 in.$ 11,000.00
John HartmanCutting Up the Seal, 1989 drypoint etching
Plate: 11 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.
Sheet: 17 1/2 x 22 1/2 in.
John HartmanSimon Tookoome Drawing, 1989 colour drypoint
Plate: 6 x 9 in.
Sheet: 11 x 14 3/4 in.
John HartmanWorking in the Printshop, Cape Dorset, 1990 oil on paper mounted to linen
38 x 50 in.$ 20,000.00
John HartmanFlying Out of Cape Dorset, 1990
oil on paper mounted to linen
38 x 50 in.
John HartmanKavavaow Mannomee Cutting a Stone, 1989 ink on paper
11 1/4 x 15 3/4 in.$ 5,500.00
John HartmanThe Day of the Ventilator, 1990 pastel on paper
26 x 40 in.$ 12,000.00
John HartmanSimon Tookoome drawing, Kavavau Munamee dreaming, 1990 watercolour on Barcham Green Camber Sand paper (diptych)
31 1/4 x 22 3/4 in. (each)$ 14,000.00