Currently based in San Francisco, John J. Hartford V is a nationally exhibited Artist and Curator, working across mediums with the intention of expanding on frameworks surrounding destruction aesthetics, iconoclasm, and anti-heroism though a scope of what is being termed ‘Post-Opulence’.
With a background in stage and a strong interest in the inner emotional processes of the individual, John initially began undergraduate studies in both Theatre and Psychology at Notre Dame de Namur University. However, it would be the case that the Visual Arts would become both the focus and vehicle for the way in which internal and external worlds could be rationalized and expressed.
Quickly rising to the top of his undergraduate class, particularly under the mentorship of Robert Poplack, John’s practice broke beyond the formal education structure, into a multi-media independent study of various mediums. Conceptually, the practice evolved into its own, and the work began to explore deeper traumas and would thus manifest in hauntingly beautiful ways.
In only the beginning years of an individual practice, a large body of work was created which then allowed him to be a part of a number of group exhibitions between both San Francisco and Los Angeles, in addition to a first solo exhibition in Southern California in 2016. This would carry him through the rest of his undergraduate career (earning his BFA/Psychology Degree), to remain as a studio/teaching assistant while taking time between programs. This, alongside being a part of a number of administrative internships with galleries such as PACE and Southern Exposure.
Now pursuing his Dual Degree (MFA/MA Museum & Exhibition Studies) with SFAI, John remains to be active within in the San Francisco art scene, using held positions to expand the representation of emerging and student artists. Having served as Director/Curator of Swell Gallery, he has also facilitated relationships between SFAI and other city art programs and served as liaison.