John Hartman was born in 1950 in Midland Ontario, and studied Fine Art at McMaster University.
He is best known for his large-scale landscape paintings that often take on an aerial view. Much of his subject matter consists of the Georgian Bay and other cities of interest. His work incorporates figurative, narratives, and landscapes. Since 2003, his aerial views of cities often take on the form of living organisms.
He received national exposure with the exhibition and book 'Big North' which toured Canada between 1999 and 2002.
His exhibition and book 'Cities' toured internationally from 2007 to 2009.
Hartman's work can be found at The McMichael, Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto, Paul Kuhn Gallery in Calgary, and Studio 21 Fine Art in halifax, among others.
He is a member of The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.