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Posted in Visual Arts, on 17 October 2019, by , 0 Comments

John Hartt, painter of the strange, wonderful, and just plain weird has original artwork, prints, and merchandise for sale at the Center for the Arts until November 2.

If you can't find the space or room in your budget for an original painting, support your local artist and arts center by purchasing a print, sticker, or magnet!

Interested in meeting the artist and picking his brain? John Hartt is our featured artist for this year's Historic Manassas Fall Gallery Walk! The Fall Gallery Walk is on Friday, November 1, 6-9 pm. Come check out the artwork and mingle with the artist.

Prints, Stickers & Magnets:

$40 prints (11"x 14")

$3 - sticker/button OR 2/$5

A Carnival of the Absurd - Original Artwork by John Hartt
Interested in owning an original painting? Call the Center at 703-330-2787 to purchase your piece or email jexum@center-for-the-arts.org

John Hartt
Penguins
Oil on canvas
24” x 12”
$300

John Hartt
Grow Your Own Skeleton
Oil on canvas
19” x 60”
$950

John Hartt
Big Baby Visits the City
Oil on canvas
18” x 12”
$275

John Hartt
Dead Fish, Dead Fish, Dead Fish, Dead Fish
Oil on canvas
10” x 20”
$300

John Hartt
The Human Fly
Oil on canvas
18” x 24”
$400

John Hartt
Fortunes Told
Oil on canvas
24” x 36”
$525

John Hartt
Sailor Jack
Oil on canvas
18” x 24”
$550

John Hartt
The Gardener
Oil on canvas
30” x 20”
SOLD

John Hartt
A Gathering of Balloons
Oil on canvas
80” x 36”
$2,000

John Hartt
Animal Yummies
Oil on canvas
36” x 24”
$525

John Hartt
The Festival Bird
Oil on canvas
24” x 24”
$500

John Hartt
The Juggler
Oil on canvas
24” x 30”
SOLD

John Hartt
Let’s Groove
Oil on canvas
24” x 18”
$450

John Hartt
Madonna and Child
Oil on canvas
18” x 24”
$375

John Hartt
Live Mermaid
Oil on canvas
20” x 16”
$450

John Hartt
The Angler Fish
Oil on canvas
24” x 36”
$450

John Hartt
Alligator Cuts and their Unusual Properties
Oil on canvas
46” x 28”
SOLD

John Hartt
Devil Boy
Oil on canvas
24” x 36”
$525

John Hartt
The Mock Turtle
Oil on canvas
24” x 18”
$400

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Posted in Visual Arts, on 7 August 2019, by , 0 Comments

The Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory is pleased to present “A Carnival of the Absurd,” the highly anticipated solo exhibition of original new works by John Hartt, painter of strange and wonderful things.

A Carnival of the Absurd features new paintings that blend themes of the carnival sideshow, Sunday morning cartoons, conspiracy theory and just plain weirdness in a way that only John can present them. Hartt’s oddball style can be described as a mix of lowbrow art, pop Surrealism and cartoonism.

The dates for this show are September 4 through November 2. The opening reception is Saturday, September 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Regarding this art show Hartt stated, “I’m really excited to have a show at the Center for the Arts. The art scene in Manassas has really taken off and the Center for the Arts has played a big role in that growth. I’m thankful to be a part of this vibrant creative community.”

The Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street in historic Manassas. They are open daily from 10 AM – 5 PM Mon – Fri; 1 pm – 5 pm Saturday.

About John Hartt:
John has been painting in earnest for the past three years and debuted his work in his exhibition “A Peculiar Perspective” at The Hall in Manassas, VA in September of 2017.

Most of his paintings start as one or two lines scribbled in a sketchbook.  From those lines he looks for a shape or a character or just a feeling and builds on it ‘til it’s a finished drawing. Once he’s essentially taught himself how to draw the piece, he brings it to life with his colorful palette of oil paints that make his subjects jump off the canvas.

Artist Statement

My goal is simple, I want my art to make people smile.

I love being a fly on the wall and watching people’s reaction to my art. I’ll get the smiles I’m looking for as well as the puzzled head scratches and I love listening to people’s interpretation of my art. Occasionally I’ll catch someone who seems totally engrossed in what I’ve done and is “connecting” with something about the piece. Making that “connection” is the “high point” about being a creative, you’re not just communicating with someone through art, you’re giving that person a piece of yourself that can’t be given in any other way.

John can be reached by email at  john@johnhartt.com online at www.jortt.com or on instagram at @jo.rtt.

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