John Hartman’s series of oils on Rivers and Cities brings a lushness to what can often be a gritty subject. Rivers and Cities have been favorite topics for painters for hundreds of years (well, perhaps not Calgary), so it would be all too easy to dismiss most works of this ilk as not much more than simple landscape. John Hartman, however, uses a combination of colour and stroke that tells the eye to look further, longer. One expects a palette of greys, so spurts of blue and purple tease, while an autumnal mix of earthy hues to depict Manhattan comes as a complete surprise.
Artist: John Hartman