James Hartman
burlingame, California

When James Hartman was studying art in San Francisco, he became fascinated with the Society of Six painters, a group of artists that painted outdoors and exhibited together in the Bay Area in the 1910s and 1920s. His “en plein air” paintings of the California landscape pay tribute to some of the great Bay Area artists of the past. The flat planes, impressionist brushstrokes, and exciting color play are reminiscent of Richard Diebenkorn. His work is especially intriguing in the angles he creates, and how they move your eye through the landscape. Repeating shapes, such as the triangular shadows of houses or the oval forms of sailboats, draw you through the scene. There is complexity and steadiness, with zigzagging compositions achieving both depth and balance. James pulls a lot of color out of the landscape, accentuating shadows and light with bright hues. His work captures the way California feels, fresh and sunlit.

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James Hartman 4/25/2016 | 4:23 PM

Hello! I am excited to be showing my paintings here on UGallery. Thank you for visiting my page, I hope my work strikes a chord! If you have any questions at all feel free to post them here and I will answer ASAP. Regards, James

Copper Moonlight Reflections on Lake Tahoe

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Signed on front and back

24" h x 48" w x 1" d
5 lbs. 15 oz.


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This piece was inspired by the way light from the moon reflects on the clear mountain lake surface. It is part of a series. A heavy bodied acrylic is used for extreme texture in the underpainting. This is used to later hold washes of reflective copper mica particles that settle and form patterns. The painting is interactive in that it changes depending on the position of the viewer.

This piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished black edges. It comes ready to hang.

Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.

Stretched canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.


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