Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to announce People and Place, an exhibition of paintings and pastels by John Hartman. The exhibition will open on November 8th and run until December 1st with an opening reception on November 8th. A discussion with John Hartman and David Macfarlane will take place on Saturday, November 17th at 1:30 PM.
"From his earliest years as an artist, Hartman has been drawn to the (extremely complicated, extremely difficult) discipline of portraiture, and it is this fascination that has brought him, almost inevitably, to the subject of writers. Hartman is a reader, for one thing. But, for another, writers are cut from the same cloth as Hartman in many ways. They are observant. They are more comfortable with individuals than they are with generalizations. They do not imagine that time is a simple sequence. And they see landscapes – whether the Miramachi River in New Brunswick or MacLaughlin Point in British Columbia – as places where stories are kept. The same can be said of a face. It’s a history. It’s a revelation. It’s a map."
– David Macfarlane
This exhibition debuts an ambitious and groundbreaking new project by Hartman. Over the last four years, he has been painting Canadian authors situated above their “home landscape”. As Hartman defines it, one’s home landscape is not necessarily where they are born but the place they are most influenced by. Participating authors in the project include Ian Brown, David Adams Richards, Esi Edugyan, Lisa Moore, Linden MacIntyre, Kathleen Winter and Thomas King. In contrast to his early paintings where the landscape dominated the canvas and small figurative vignettes populated the sky, here the authors are larger than life and in the foreground. Hartman paints with a raw and expressionistic style that aims to capture an aspect of the subject’s soul. His thick brushstrokes highlight the contours of the authors faces and echo the topography of the landscape in the background.
Film directed, shot, and edited by David Hartman
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