Joseph Hartman is a photographer whose work arises from his curiosity about the interaction between humans and their surrounding landscape, and how each influences the other. In his most recent series The Artist’s Studio, Hartman spent 5 years traveling across the country documenting Canadian artists’ workspaces. The photographs are an intimate view of the artists’ personal creative spaces, which provide insight into their creative processes: both the physical process of how a painting or sculpture is made, the mental process related to source material, and the origin of their ideas.
The work on offer in this year’s Art Gems is an image of pioneering Quebec artist Françoise Sullivan. In 2017, the Art Gallery of Hamilton mounted Joseph Hartman: The Artist’s Studio, which included the Art Gems photograph. A catalogue featuring 100 images from the photo project was simultaneously published. Hartman’s work can be found in the collection of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Connor, Clark and Lunn Financial Group, Farrow Partnership Architects, RBC, TD Canada Trust, and Woodbourne Canada Management Inc., among others. His most recent solo exhibition took place in September 2019 at Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, where he is represented.