John Hartt, “Carnival of the Absurd”

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Provided by Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory is pleased to present “A Carnival of the Absurd.” This exhibit is 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 Sept. 4 through Nov. 2. The opening reception is Saturday, Sept. 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 p. m.

Hartt said, “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.”

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 in September 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 until 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.


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