James created this painting in his studio from a plein air sketch he did on location in Berkeley. At the beginning of his career, James spent over a decade painting outdoors with his mentors. They revealed to him all of the spots in the area that were passed on to them through Louis Siegriest, the last surviving member of the famed Society of Six. This path along the marina is an example of one of these locations. James returned to this spot with his group of two or three other artists multiple times to capture the nuances.

- James Hartman

Berkeley Marina, San Francisco Bay
JAMES HARTMAN


Oil painting on stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang

One-of-a-kind
Signed on front and back
2019

30" h x 30" w x 1.5" d
5 lbs. 0 oz.

$1,950

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Artist
James Hartman
Burlingame, California

Getting to Know James

When James Hartman was in art school, he became fascinated with the Society of Six, a group of artists who painted en plein air (outdoors) and exhibited together in the San Francisco Bay Area during the early 20th Century. James's paintings of the Northern California landscape pay tribute to some of the great Bay Area artists of the past. His expressive scenes feel alive through his vibrant use of color and his painterly brushwork. James’s paintings have an immediate visual impact from a distance, yet up close, dissolve into a series of confident marks and strokes. There is a simultaneous complexity and steadiness in his flattened, color-blocked planes. Knowledge and observation are essential elements of James’s working practice. To this end, he spends a large proportion of his time painting on location. His body of work captures the fresh and sunlit essence of the coastal California hills.