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Cities: John Hartman

Richler, Noah; Reid, Dennis; Reid, Stuart

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ISBN 10: 155153312X / ISBN 13: 9781551533124
Published by Altitude Publishing, Canada, 2007
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Cities: John Hartman

Publisher: Altitude Publishing, Canada

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed

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Cities, the driving forces behind the economic and cultural engines of a country, are very much on the minds of Canadians in the first decade of the 21st century. The new paintings of John Hartman, one of Canada's major contemporary painters, offer an artistic vision of cities as living organisms, deeply intertwined with the natural terrain of a geographic site. Hartman has established an international reputation for is large-scale paintings of landscape animated by the mythical and the mundane stories of specific locales. His paintings of Georgian Bay, of Newfoundland, and before that, of the land around Midland and and its shadowy history of aboriginal settlement and conflict with the Jesuits there, have gained a legion of admirers and attention across Canada and internationally. Hartman's vivid landscapes excite the viewer with their abundance of colour and sense of the land as something infinite and yet possible to contemplate. On one hand, the land in Hartman's paintings is unbridled, massive and primordial, the thing that precedes Man and will outlast him; but on the other hand, it is incomplete without man's presence. No place without people, no people without place. In Hartman's new series the carbuncular accumulation of close houses and towers and cranes and docks and roads that we call cities are presented as their own natural formation. Man is busy in these paintings, and though we do not see him, is as integral to the landscape as now dwarfed mountains, seas and lakes. The landscape is still front and centre but it has changed its appearance and in its extraordinary purpose, ignores Nature as Canadians used to think of it. The cities are engines. The cities are our raison d'etre.

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John Hartman was born in 1950 in Midland, Ontario, and studied Fine Art at McMaster University. In the 1980s with the emergence of Neo-Expressionism, Hartman began to experiment with works that combined figurative, narrative and landscape traditions that would later evolve into the uniquely painterly expression for which he is acclaimed today. He received national exposure with the exhibit and catalogue Big North which toured the country between 1999 and 2002. Hartman works between his studio and home near Lafontaine and his island on Georgian Bay in Ontario, and frequently travels across North America and Europe sketching, photographing, and documenting landscapes, cities and their stories and histories for his paintings.

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