john hart­man


Art­work for “A Place to Call Home,” p. 66 “All the paint­ing I’ve done has been about ex­plor­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween peo­ple and place. That’s of­ten what au­thors are do­ing as well, and I be­gan to see a con­nec­tion be­tween lit­er­a­ture and paint­ing that I thought would be fun to ex­plore. I was in the process of paint­ing Ian Brown when I asked him to ex­plain to me his con­nec­tion to this lit­tle is­land on Ge­or­gian Bay that he wanted as part of his por­trait. His email to me de­scrib­ing that con­nec­tion was so mov­ing that I re­al­ized this project could be ex­panded to in­clude text. Also, Ian’s got a great nose, so I re­ally wanted to paint that.” John Hart­man has been a vis­ual artist for more than forty-five years. His se­ries of writ­ers’ por­traits fea­tured in Peo­ple and Place, his new show at Ni­cholas Me­tivier Gallery in Toronto, is be­ing adapted into a book and an ex­hi­bi­tion set to tour Canada next year.

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