Embassy of Canada Art Gallery | John Hartman Many Lives Mark This Place

By East City Art Editorial Team on July 10, 2024

Tue, July 2 2024 — Mon, September 30 2024

John Hartman

The Canadian Embassy in Washington is pleased to present the exhibition, Many Lives Mark This Place, which features several large-scale paintings by John Hartman, a prominent Canadian artist. Long interested in people’s connection to their environment, John Hartman embarked on this project to capture the intimate relationship Canadian authors have with their personal places of inspiration. Hartman allowed his own reading interests to direct the choice of subjects who in turn selected the backdrops to their portraits. The portraits celebrate the richness of Canada’s literary fabric and speak to the power of the imagination in experiencing the diverse landscape which links Canada together.

The works on display have been selected by Mary Reid, Director and Curator of the Woodstock Art Gallery, where a larger version of the exhibition has been shown in various venues across Canada from 2020 to present. “It is truly a distinct honour to present this exhibition at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.,” says Reid. “Hartman’s portrait paintings and the powerful essays written by his subjects, some of Canada’s most notable authors, provide a rich overview of the many complex and poignant stories imbedded into the Canadian experience.”

About the Artist:
Born in 1950, John Hartman grew up in Midland, Ontario. He first received national exposure for his painting with the exhibition and book Big North, which toured Canada between 1999 and 2002. Hartman’s path of painting, inspired by 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 composed the exhibition and book CITIES, which toured nationally and internationally from 2007 to 2009. Starting in 2014, Hartman began to turn his focus towards the representation of portraiture, with the landscape moving to a supporting backdrop. Hartman’s artwork is represented in the collections of over 40 museums and public art galleries across Canada and internationally. To date, he has had seven books published on his artwork, including the book of the same title that accompanies this exhibition. Over his career, Hartman has won numerous awards. He was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2021.

Many Lives Mark This Place opens July 2 through September 30, 2024. The Embassy’s art gallery is located at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW and is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, free of charge.