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Hartley, an Ohio native who relocated to Fort Worth to study art at Texas Christian University in 1982, serves as an associate professor of art at Tarrant County College Northwest Campus as well as director of Gallery 414 in Fort Worth. His work, noted for its lifelike quality and dynamic subject matter, is featured in numerous private and public collections including the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Grouped together with objects from the artist’s private collection, TMA’s Tin Toys & Raw Realities features more than 20 paintings – some recently finished and never seen by the public – spotlighting toys from the past and the duality of Hartley’s unique approach.
“The title, Tin Toys & Raw Realities, references the multiple ideas present throughout Hartley’s work,” exhibition organizer Caleb Bell said. “At first glance, each painting just appears to be a lifelike rendering of a toy or object – ‘Tin Toys.’ With a little more exploration, the viewer quickly realizes that more is being conveyed – ‘Raw Realities.’”
Collectors’ Circle-Gold Sponsors for Tin Toys & Raw Realities are the McElfatrick Charitable Foundation, and Betty and Dick Summers.