John Hartman was born in 1950 in Midland, Ontario, and studied Fine Art
at McMaster University. He established his reputation with the
exhibition Painting the Bay at the McMichael Canadian Collection in
1993. These were large-scale paintings of Georgian Bay, aerial views of
the landscape, painted with thick, juicy paint. In the skies Hartman
painted stories about the places depicted. Hartman continued to
experiment with works that combined figurative, narrative and landscape.
He received national exposure with the exhibition and book Big North,
which toured Canada between 1999 and 2002. Hartman’s path of painting
the intimate and intertwined relationship between people and place, took
a turn in 2003. He began to paint aerial views of cities as living
organisms. These paintings made up the exhibition and book Cities, which
toured Canada and internationally from 2007 to 2009.
four-plate etching, ed. 40
image: 11.75” x 19.25”
paper: 20” x 28”
The four plate etching Vancouver, 2011 reprises the artist’s interest
in print making and was produced by the elite Burnet Editions print
shop in New York City. This complex print employs spitbite, aquatint and
drypoint processes to capture the essence of Hartman’s organic imagery
and a crisp wintery Vancouver atmosphere. His varied use of line is
central to this iconic view creating a dynamic composition depicting a
lively Pacific metropolis surrounded by water, all encased by North
Shore coastal mountains.