Monday, November 7, 2011

Bo Bartlett

Looking through the November issue of ARTnews, I came across a full page add for 
Bo Bartlett at the Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maime. Bo grew up in Columbus, Georgia, just as I did. I don't remember him then, he was younger than me. I was, in fact, the same age as his older sister, Sandy, whom I did know. Because of this hometown connection, I have loyally followed his career. His hauntingly beautiful realist paintings are at once both familiar & mysterious.

Not only is he an accomplished painter of note, but he has also distinguished himself as a filmmaker. In 1986 he made a documentary film about the life & work of one of his mentors, Andrew Wyeth, called Snow Hill.

In the short film below, illustrated with his beautiful art work & family photos, Bartlett, shares, in his own words, his life experience as an artist. I really believe whether one is familiar with his work or not, you will appreciate the beauty of this film. It is worth watching!


  1. Thank you, Sally. That was beautiful, sad, and intense. I'd not seen his work, which is also beautiful and intense.

  2. Thank you for posting this, Sally. I love it and will watch it again!

  3. Sally,I haven't come across this artist's beautiful,sensitive work before.
    Thank you for the introduction!

  4. All I can say is...WOW! What an amazing film. What an amazing artist. Thanks. Pops

  5. Thanks for the intro,Sally!
    Shall watch it more when I get home~

  6. I am so glad that you all found this as touching as I did. Thank you so much for stoping by!