1955 (Columbus, Georgia)
Self portrait - Self-portrait
Often Known For
mod-real figure, genre, and portrait painting
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|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|Born in Columbus, Georgia, Bo Bartlett became an artist in the large
scale, grand style of American narrative painting, an interest and
talent he pursued from his teen-age years. His pieces, often posing
questions about everyday life, are inspired by many facets of his own
life including his religious faith, family, interest in baseball and
football, Hitchcock films, and friendship with Andrew and Betsy Wyeth.|
studied in Florence, Italy with Ben Long IV, a student of Italian
Fresco painter Pietro Annigoni, and with Ives Gammel in Boston and
Aaron Shickler and Harvey Dinnerstein in New York.
and had a family with his high-school sweetheart, Melonie, and often
used family members as models for his paintings. In 1975, they moved to
Philadelphia where he studied realist painting at the Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Arts with Ben Kamihira, Morris Blackburn, and Sidney
Goodman. He also apprenticed with portrait painter Nelson Shanks.
1986, Bartlett received a degree in film making from New York
University and filmed a documentary, "Snow Hill," on the life and work
of Andrew Wyeth. In 1993, he received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. A
special exhibition of his painting was held at the Rockford Illinois
Art Museum from November, 1998 to January, 1999.
Art in America, March 1995
|Biography from The Columbus Museum of Art, Georgia:|
|Bo Bartlett was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1955. As a child, he
was fascinated by drawing and art in general. Realizing his path
in life early on, he began to pursue those artists that would offer
guidance, which would provide the foundations of his artistic vision. |
The first place that Bartlett visited was Florence, Italy, where in
1974, he went to study with Ben Long and then to Boston to study with
Ives Gammel. After Boston, Bartlett moved to New York to study
with Aaron Shikler and Harvey Dinnerstein. In 1975, Bartlett
moved to Philadelphia so that he could attend the University of the
Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (where Bartlett
studied under Ben Kamihira, Morris Blackburn, and Sidney Goodman).
Bartlett also worked with Nelson Shanks.
In the tradition of Thomas Eakins, Bartlett studied anatomy at the
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Thomas Jefferson
University. In 1993, Bo Bartlett received a Pew Fellowship in the
Arts. His paintings are usually figurative, large scale and
charged with spiritual, psychological and art historical meanings. His
family regularly appears in his work. (1)
Bartlett lives and works in Seattle, Philadelphia, Columbus and Maine,
but in many cases his artwork is rooted in a Southern Gothic tradition
where the desperation and frustration being suffered by the characters
are reminiscent of the work of Faulkner or Williams. (2)
1. I am indebted to David Sheep for providing this succinct biographical sketch.
2. Charles More, introduction for Bo Bartlett: Paintings and Drawings, 1983-1985 (Philadelphia: The More Gallery, 1985), n.p.
Submitted by Charles T. Butler, Columbus Museum
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