Tin Toys & Raw Realities

March 1-June 28, 2015

Organized by the Tyler Museum of Art, Tin Toys & Raw Realities focuses on a specific body of work – lifelike canvases that highlight toys from the past – by celebrated Fort Worth artist John Hartley. His subjects, ranging from tin airplanes to lead soldiers, are as varied and diverse as his interests.

Each unique and labor-intensive piece is layered with meaning. Often inspired by contemporary social and political issues, his nostalgic works link the past, present and future together.

This exhibition features more than 20 paintings – some recently finished and never seen by the public – as well as toys from the artist’s private collection.