John Hartley

Artist Statement

Painter. Sculptor. Printmaker.

John Hartley discovered his life’s passion while growing up in Piqua, Ohio. Encouraged to develop his talents in an academic environment, he moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1982 to study art at Texas Christian University. After graduation, he began building a body of work that includes paintings, prints, and sculpture.

Exhibiting throughout Texas and the United States, his work has been critically received and is included in collections across the country. In 1990, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth purchased one of his monoprints for its exhibition, Forty Texas Printmakers.

He continues to make art today and remains active in the Fort Worth art community. He opened Gallery 414 in 1995, an alternative art gallery exhibiting local and regional contemporary artists. He has also been a teacher and a professional art handler, working with museums, private collectors, and blue chip artists from around the world. In 2002, he returned to TCU to pursue an MFA.

His art reflects his many interests: the human figure, toy collecting, social issues, and more. He actively promotes art education, and encourages young people to develop creative talent and thought. And he continues to explore new mediums and push his art to its fullest potential.


Tin Toys, and Raw Realities by Rachel Hachbarth on Fox 51

Artist John Hartley's paintings of toys are more than child's play by Gaile Robinson in

An unusual collection - Artist John Hartley exhibit at UALR by Ruth Mitchell in

The lucidic element of war toys: John Hartley by Charissa N. Terranova in Glasstire