John Hartley

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 2013, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth purchased his painting, Night Duty, for their permanent collection, which also includes three of his monoprints from its 1990 exhibition, Forty Texas Printmakers. His exhibitions include shows at Kidder Smith Gallery in Boston and Martha's Vineyard, the Arlington Museum of Art, The Barth Galleries in Columbus, Ohio, and galleries in Fort Worth, Dallas and Houston, Texas.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

JOHN HARTLEY, Fort Worth, TX

EDUCATION

2004 M.F.A. Painting, Texas Christian University

1986 B.F.A. Sculpture and Painting, Texas Christian University

HONORS

1984-1986 Texas Christian University, Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship

1983-1984 Texas Christian University, Samuel P. Ziegler Scholarship

1982-1983 Texas Christian University, Fine Arts Guild Scholarship

RESIDENCY PROGRAMS

2010 The Atelier House, an Art-Netzwerk associated project, Hilmsen, Germany

SELECTED SOLO EXIBITIONS

2013 Now and Then, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas

Childhood Play | Adult Realities, Gallery 193, San Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas, Curator: Randy Hall

2012 Make Believe, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, Texas, Curator: Richard Ash

2010 Make Believe, Gallery 111, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas

2009 Scattershot, Mighty Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas

2007 Flashback, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas

Searching for Heroes, Kresge Gallery, Lyon College, Batesville, AR

Imperfections: Big and Small, Mighty Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas

2005 John Hartley, Rudolph Projects|ArtScan Gallery, Houston, Texas

2004 Allegories, Mighty Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas

  Against the Grain, The University Art Gallery, Texas Christian University

2003 John Hartley: Rekindled, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas, Curator: Kevin Bouchard

2002 Hope and Renewal, Mobil Art Gallery, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois

2000 John Hartley: New Works, Gallery 414, Fort Worth, Texas

SELECTED GROUP EXIBITIONS

2013 Best of the South, Greg Thompson Fine Art Gallery, Little Rock, Arkansas

Like, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas

Velveasl, William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, Texas

Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Faculty Exhibition, Tarrant County College Northwest Campus, Fort Worth, Texas

2012 The Realist Impulse, Rudolph Blume Fine Art Artscan Gallery, Houston, Texas

Peripheral Vision, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas

Houston Fine Art Fair, Reliant Center, Houston, Texas

Pop Up, Artspace111, Midland, Texas

Inaugural Exhibition, The Vault, Troy, Ohio

Selections, Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas

Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Sky Blue Sky, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas

2011 Faculty Exhibition, Tarrant County College Northwest Campus, Fort Worth, Texas

Summer in Santa Fe, Artspace111, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Worth While II, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas

Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Luminous Discharge, H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery, El Centro College, Dallas, Texas

2010 Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2009 Evidence, Rudolph Projects|Artscan Gallery, Houston, Texas

Faculty Biennial X, The Gallery at UTA, Arlington, Texas

Thrashing About, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth Art Dealers Association Presents: Fort Worth Art Today, Gallery 76102, Fort Worth, Texas

Summer Show, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas

Artspace111: Selections, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Curator: Margery Grella

Dallas Art Fair 2009, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas

American Landscape: Urban/Rural, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas

Selections 2009: FWADA Exhibit, Fort Worth Community Arts Center

2008 Blender, The Gallery at Reel FX, Dallas, Texas

Bridge Art Fair Miami 08, Miami, Florida

Fun & Games, Kidder Smith, Boston, MA

News, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas

It Is What It Is, Janette Kennedy Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Academia: Pushing the Boundary, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas

WORTHwhile, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas

Faculty Biennial IX, The Gallery at UTA, Arlington, Texas

Collectors Club Collects, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas

  Fotofest: Photography = Painting, Rudolph Projects|ArtScan Gallery, Houston, Texas

Tasty Bits, Gallery 414, Fort Worth, Texas, Curator: Erik Tosten

2007 Face It, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas

Red Velvet: Making a Case for Domestic Tranquility, Vine Street Studios, Houston, Texas

Darra Keeton: Fuller/Gallery Artists, Rudolph Projects|ArtScan Gallery, Houston, Texas

Mighty Fine Arts, Polvo Gallery, Chicago, Curator: Steve Cruz

Scope Art Fair, Rudolph Projects|ArtScan Gallery, Miami, Florida

Spring Gallery Night, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas

2006 25, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas

Big as Night, Tyler Street Lofts, Dallas, Texas

From My Father’s Chair, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas

Valdosta Collects Exhibition, VSU Gallery, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia

Scope Art Fair, Rudolph Projects|ArtScan Gallery, Miami, Florida

Los Angeles Art Fair, Rudolph Projects|ArtScan Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2005 Faculty Biennial VIII, The Gallery at UTA, Arlington, Texas

Figuring In, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Curator: Daniel Blagg

Objects of Memory, Kidder Smith Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Spring Gallery Night, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas

Still: John Hartley and Leighton McWilliams, The Gallery at UTA, Arlington, Texas, Curator: Benito Huerta (catalogue)

Casket Factory, Rudolph Projects|ArtScan Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2004 Texas Paint, Part One: More True Stories, Arlington Museum of Art, Curator: Anne Allen

Reality Bytes, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas

Bodacious Bods, Mighty Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas

100 Drawings, University of Dallas-Haggerty Art Center Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Spring Gallery Night Exhibition, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth CAC Biennial 2004, Fort Worth Community Arts Center

2003 Reconfigured, Fort Worth Community Art Center, Curator: John Frost

Be Still, University of Dallas-Haggerty Art Center Gallery, Dallas, Texas

The 39 Hour Show, Fort Worth Community Arts Center

See, Not Be Seen, Wreck Room, Fort Worth, Texas

Human Blend, M.J. Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

2002 The Yellow Line, The Art Corridor II, Tarrant County College, Arlington, Texas

Eight: Paint and Clay, VSU Gallery, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia

Surface: Works on Walls, The Art Corridor II, Tarrant County College, Arlington, Texas

2001 Creative Itch, Gallery 414, Fort Worth, Texas

Action Heroes, The Art Center, Waco, Texas, Curator: Janet Tyson (catalogue)

2000 Art Academy Faculty Show, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

Toys & Puzzles, Richland College Lago Vista Gallery, Dallas, Texas

1999 Critics Pix, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas

The Gallery Night Exhibition 1999, Gallery 414, Fort Worth, Texas

Gallery Night 1999, Cynthia Hull Studio Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas

Real Art, Contemporary Art Center of Fort Worth, Curators: Terri Cummings, Jo-Ann Mulroy, Steven Watson (catalogue)

1998 13 Hours, 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Print Perspectives, The Barth Galleries, Columbus, Ohio

1997 Paperwork, Fort Worth Arts Council, Curator: Jo-Ann Mulroy

1996 The Gallery Night Exhibition II, Gallery 414, Fort Worth, Texas

Ten plus One: Ten Printmakers and One Painter, Gallery 414, Fort Worth, Texas, Curator: Wade Wilson

Ten Texas Printmakers, Rancho Valmora School Art Gallery, Valmora, New Mexico

Gala Opening, Thompson Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas

1995 Ten Texas Printmakers, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland

The Gallery Night Exhibition, Gallery 414, Fort Worth, Texas

Celebración, Fine Arts Center, Lubbock, Texas

Body & Soul, Forest Park Art Space, Fort Worth, Texas

1994 First Show, Forest Park Art Space, Fort Worth, Texas

1992 Printmaking in Texas: The 1980’s, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas (organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth)

500 X-Mas Show, 500 X Gallery, Dallas, Texas

1991 Members Invite, 500 X Gallery

1990 Forty Texas Printmakers, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (catalogue)

Gallery Night 1990, Fort Worth Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas

Four Contemporary Views of Painting, The Valdosta State Fine Arts Gallery, Valdosta, Georgia

Making a Mark: A Drawing Exhibition, University of Dallas-Haggerty Art Center Gallery, Dallas, Texas

1988 Toys By Artists, William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, Texas

JURIED EXHIBITIONS

2011 One Cube Foot, East Fork Gallery, Tarrant County College Northwest Campus, Fort Worth, Texas, Juror: Heyd Fontenot (award)

2010 The Hunting Art Prize, Houston, Texas, Jurors: Sarah Cash, Rita Aida Gonzalez, Lorelei Stewart (anticipated)

VAST 42nd Annual Exhibition, Meadows Gallery, Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, Texas, Juror: Melissa Miller (anticipated)

2010 TX/OK Art Prize, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, Texas, Juror: Janis Goodman (anticipated)

2009 New American Paintings 2009 Western Edition, Open Press, exhibition in print. Juror: Terrie Sultan, Executive Director, The Parrish Art Museum

Fifth Annual National Drawing, Painting and Printmaking Competition, PBCC Central Campus Gallery, Lake Worth, Florida, Juror: Marisca Pascucci

The Hunting Art Prize, Houston, Texas, Jurors: Kate Green, Chiyo Ishikawa, Suzanne Folds McCullagh

Emerging Artists 2009, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY, Juror: Limner Gallery

Art 2009: National Juried Competition, Highlands Museum of the Arts, Sebring, FL, Juror: Ken Rollins

2008 New American Paintings 2008 Western Edition, Open Press, exhibition in print. Juror: Andrea Karnes

2003 Art in the Metroplex, University Art Gallery, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, Juror: Diane Karp

2001 Expo, 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas, Juror: Charlie Wylie (cash award)

1994 Ninth Annual December Competition, Fine Arts Center, Lubbock, Texas, Juror: Patrick McCracken (honorable mention)

1993 Works on Paper V, VSU Gallery, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia, Juror: Larry Walker (honorable mention)

3rd Annual International Mini Print Exhibition, Juniper Gallery, Napa, California, Jurors: John Ihle, Shane Weare (special merit award)

1990 First Annual International Mini Print Exhibition, Juniper Gallery, Napa Art Center, Napa, California, Jurors: Barbara Parson, Peter Frank

The Sixth Annual Statewide December Competition, Lubbock Fine Arts Center, Lubbock, Texas

1989 Ten County Art Exhibition and Literary Competition, Tarrant County Junior College, Fort Worth, Texas, Juror: Paul Harris

1988 Main Street ’88, Knights of Pythius Building, Fort Worth, Texas, Juror: Henry Hopkins

1987 Texas Realism, Atrium Gallery, Moody Hall, Austin, Texas, Juror: Betty Moody (touring citation)

Main Street ’87, Knights of Pythias Building, Fort Worth, Texas, Jurors: Mark Thistlethwaite, Bill Runyon, Pat Woodson (people’s choice award)

INIVITAIOTNAL EXIBITIONS

2013 Suitable Subjects, Contemporary Still Lives, The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas, Curator: Judy Deaton anticipated

2012 Preservation is the Art of the City, Fort Worth Community Arts Center

An Affair of the Art, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas, Curator: Christopher Hightower

2010 AC-X: Ten Years in the Art Corridor, Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, Arlington, Texas, Curator: Christopher Blay

Manufactured Scale, Tarrant County College Northwest Campus, Fort Worth, Texas, Curator: Winter Rusiloski

2009 Evidence, Rudolph Projects|Artscan Gallery, Houston, Texas

New American Paintings 15th Anniversary Issue, Open Press, exhibition in print.

  September Exhibit, Andrew Art Museum, Andrews, North Carolina

Trinity Perspectives: Views of an Urban River, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas

Texas Twelve: The 2nd Biennial Survey of Texas Art and Artists, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, Texas, Curators: Cohn Drennan, Danny Bills

2008 Preservation is the Art of the City, Fort Worth Community Arts Center

Daimler Financial Services, Fort Worth, Texas

2007 Preservation is the Art of the City, Fort Worth Community Arts Center

2006 Preservation is the Art of the City, Fort Worth Community Arts Center

2005 Preservation is the Art of the City, The Gallery at the Fort Worth Central Library, Juror: Dr. Malcom Warner, Senior Curator, Kimbell Art Museum (Murrin Family Award in memory of Lia Cuilty)

2004 Preservation is the Art of the City, The Gallery at the Fort Worth Central Library

Paño Art Invitational, El Centro Gallery, Dallas, Texas, Curator: Iris Bechtol

2003 Preservation is the Art of the City, Fort Worth Community Art Center

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Edison State College, Piqua, Ohio

Private collections in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, and Texas

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Kirk Montgomery, “Artbeat: ‘Best of South’ exhibit extended, works added,” Arkansas Democrat Gazette, August 18, 2013

Gaile Robinson, “Sky’s the limit for gallery night show,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, April 12, 2012

Lana Sweeten-Shults, “Artist’s toys carry serious message,” Times Record News, March 9, 2012

“Texas, Oklahoma artists in spotlight at show,” Times Record News, April 12, 2010, 4A

“Fall Exhibit opens at the Art Museum,” The Andrews Journal, October 1, 2009, 3

Manny Mendoza, Dallas Art Fair: 12 ½ Random Things <http://www.kera.org/blogs/cultre/2009/02/06/dallas-art-fair-as-as-random-things/> February 6, 2009

Cate McQuaid, “This painter uses an expansive palette,” Boston Globe, January 7, 2009, G10

“Texas Hold ‘em,” Where Boston, January 2009, 24

“Fun and games,” American Art Collector, December 2008, 154-157

Anthony Mariani, “Free Beer, Wine and Cheese Cubes,” FWWeekly, March 26, 2008

Gaile Robinson, “Forward March,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 23, 2008, 3F

“FotoFest: Photography = Painting,” artshound.com <http://www.artshound.com/?app=eventDetail&id=11339> March 5, 2008

Anthony Mariani, “Processions: The spirit of ’64 gets a makeover at 414,” FWWeekly, January 23, 2008

Gaile Robinson, “Something old is new at Fort Worth gallery,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, November 11, 2007, 5D

Anthony Mariani, “High on Art,” FWWeekly, September 5, 2007

Nick Keppler, “House Sitting,” Houston Press, June 21, 2007, 28

Charissa N. Terranova, “The Ludic Element of War Toys,” Glasstire: Texas Visual Art Online, May, 2007

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe, “Blink glimpses back on a decade’s work,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, October 2, 2005, 5D

Gaile Robinson, “Legends of the Fall,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “StarTime,” September 9, 2005, 32

Kevin Bouchard, “Mighty Fine Arts,” Artlies, Winter, 2005, 85

“Best of Fort Worth 2004: Best Local Artist – Staff Choice,” FWWeekly, September 22, 2004, 44

Anthony Mariani, “Lost and Loving It,” FWWeekly, March 31, 2004

Kevin Bouchard, “Spring Exhibition,” Artlies, Winter, 2003, 82-83

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Kathy A. Goolsby, “Exhibit puts artists in the open,” Arlington Morning News, May 30, 2002, 1Y

Mike Daniel, “‘Surface’ at Tarrant County College,” The Dallas Morning News, “Guide,” July 5, 2002, 52

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe, “These walls can talk,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 29, 2002

“MacMurray gallery features Texan’s art,” Star Trader, January 31, 2002, 5

“Seeing the light,” Journal-Courier, January 31, 2002, 13

Christina Rees, “Consider the Copycat,” Dallas Observer, January 11, 2001

Janet Tyson, “Century’s final gallery season strikes exciting pose for Texas,” Fort Worth Business Press, November 12, 1999, 14

Curtis Martin, “Realism,” Artlies, Summer 1999, 47

Mike Daniel, “Reality check,” The Dallas Morning News, “Guide,” June 18, 1999, 53

“Open your eyes,” FWWeekly, June 10-17, 1999, 20

Wade Wilson, “Geometry as you never learned it in school,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, April 16, 1995, F5

Ruth Speelman, “Piqua artist John Hartley opens Fort Worth studio,” Miami Valley Sunday News, June 10, 1990, 25

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT

2004 to present Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington

1995 to present director, Gallery 414 (www.gallery414.org)

1988 to 1995 owner/operator, Gallery Services

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 DFW.com

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

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