James Eric Hartzell was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. The artist learned life lessons on the importance of community, teamwork and diversity as a long-time soccer player, coach and volunteer. Hartzell is a self-confessed sci-fi and fantasy nerd whose artwork has been inspired by various forms of storytelling especially Frank Miller’s linear shading style and graphic novel series “Sin City.” The artist’s intent in creating his work is to unite people through humorous and thought provoking art, to elevate the beauty of lettering and the moods conveyed from different type fonts.
Hartzell graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009 with a BFA in Illustration. After visiting the Dali Museum and falling in love with the area’s arts scene, he moved to Saint Petersburg, Florida in 2015. The artist’s creative process is rooted in drawing, painting and collage, honoring age-old techniques of sign-painters for hand painted lettering, chalkboards and murals. Hartzell is dedicated to visual storytelling and problem solving for clients with illustration and commercial work, having completed projects locally and internationally.
Hartzell participates in local vendor markets and gallery shows in Atlanta and Tampa Bay Area. In July of 2018 the artist was selected for the Directors Choice Show at The Studio@620. In 2019 Hartzell was awarded Mobster of the Year by local soccer supporters club Ralph’s Mob for contributions like painting and designing TIFOs or large banners for display at Tampa Bay Rowdies games. The artist became a member of the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance and co-op gallery St. Pete Artworks in March of 2020. Hartzell was one of the 40 finalists selected in the Woodfield Fine Arts “Come Out St. Pete” show in August of 2020.
The artist was one of 16 locals chosen to paint the “Black Lives Matter” mural in front of the Carter G. Woodson Museum, the highlight of his career to date. Hartzell also works as a mural tour guide explaining to tourists and locals alike the importance and power of public art to engage, inspire and transform the surrounding community.
The artist is active online with various social media platforms and runs his own Etsy store.
Contact: (m) 404.444.5618