John Hartell’s Paintings on Display at Valley House Gallery

By on April 18, 2017

John Hartell

On display at Valley House Gallery now through April 29, are a selection of paintings from the estate of John Hartell. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Hartell was an artist who taught at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, for many years. He taught freshman architects and graduate painters and was a loved professor. Talking about John Hartell, artist Michael Boyd wrote, “He was engaged in a kind of visual alchemy, where the visible world is transmuted into pure color and light, where objects seem to condense out of light.”

His first solo exhibition was in 1937 at Kleeman Gallery in New York. He also exhibited at Kraushaar Galleries in New York for four decades. He maintained active as a painter for over 60 years. His paintings have been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art, and many other galleries.

In describing his work, Hartell’s website says, “While much of his work can be described as impressionistic and abstract, he diligently developed a style of his own during a period known for the rise of Abstract Expressionism. Hartell was a master of color with a keen interest in natural environments.”

Some of the works on display during this exhibition include Dune Road 1984, Open Door 1984, Dropleaf 1979, Bywater 1965 and School 1986.

Valley House Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the gallery is located on Spring Valley between Preston and Hillcrest.

For more information on John Hartell, visit his website. You can also find out more information about the exhibition by visiting Valley House Gallery’s website and finally, you can browse all of John Hartell’s works on display by going to the exhibitions page on Valley House Gallery’s site.


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