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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.

Artist and Customer Comments


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

Mountain Road Farms
by JAMES HARTMAN


Encaustic artwork on stretched linen
One-of-a-kind
Signed on front and back
2016

15" h x 16" w x 1.5" d
1 lbs. 14 oz.

$450

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This painting was done on a homemade cradled panel that is gallery wrapped with linen. I mixed oil paints with beeswax and dakar crystals to create a deep lustrous appearance. I like how the linen weave can be seen in areas deep in the finish. The effect is almost like stained glass with the substrate shining through. The work comes ready to hang. 

Encaustic artwork

Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The hot liquid/paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials can be used. Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the wax before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate it once it has cooled on the surface. Other materials can be encased, layered or collaged into the surface, using the encaustic medium to adhere them to the surface.

Stretched linen

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