Videos

Ineffable by Jesse Brass

As part of his ongoing series “Making Art”, director and filmmaker Jesse Brass of Brass Brothers Films has produced this beautiful documentary about American realist painter Bo Bartlett. Music courtesy of Century of Aeroplanes, Lee Rosevere, Betsy Eby & Jason Leonard. Poetry by T. S. Eliot.  
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Sherrill Roland Art Talk

Virtual Art Talk  from the Bo Bartlett Center featuring Chris Whittey, Alan F. Rothschild Distinguished Chair of Art & Department Chair and South Arts 2020 Southern Prize and State Fellow winner, Sherrill Roland October 15, 5:30 pm Sherrill Roland is a North Carolina native, born in Asheville and currently living in Raleigh. Roland received a…
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Welcome to the Bo Bartlett Center

The Bo Bartlett Center is a multi-functional art space that goes beyond the typical art gallery. With programs that center on the community and exhibitions that showcase a spectrum of possibilities  and new ideas, the Center has a multitude of enriching and inspiring practices. Through outreach with children and at-risk populations in the surrounding area,…
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Damascus Road

Here, Bo Bartlett focuses on his piece from 1988, Damascus Road, which showcases a contemporary vision of the biblical story. Depicting tragedy and ideas of systems being broken down, Bartlett alludes to ways in which society at the time, and even now, was struggling to simmer down from turmoil.  
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Civil War

This piece from 1994 depicts Bartlett’s coming to terms with displacement from the South and used the Battle of Nashville as inspiration. Here, Bartlett focuses on themes of race and injustice. Bartlett suggests that the viewer sees past the tragedy and towards a better possible future through masterful painting techniques in light and color.  
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Parents

Parents is a painting made in 1984 that depicts Bo Bartlett’s parents in a setting he made from recollections of his own childhood home life. He represents his father standing and staring sternly, a man made from war and religion, and his mother almost in a standby position. It is a scene with contrasting sides….
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Object Permanence

Painted in 1986, Object Permanence focuses on roles played in the artist’s life by himself and his own family over time. The title alludes to the idea of objects existing even when you do not sense them, something in which babies have not developed yet. Using objects and placement, Bartlett alludes to impermanence in childhood…
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Tarmac

In this video, Bo Bartlett shows his work, Tarmac, finished in 1986. This work describes a tragic ending to a flight and the aftermath. By using color and placement, Bartlett is able to connect parts of the image to create a story of what happened to cause such a tragedy.  
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Hiroshima

A popular work at the Center, Hiroshima, showcases Bartlett’s incredible ability to collect stories and ideas and combine them to form an image that tells a different but similar story. In the 1994 piece, the viewer sees a woman looking off into the distance, and through the title, one can allude to the fact she…
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Leviathan

A painting with a straightforward religious context, Leviathan shows the biblical story of Jonah in a contemporary light. Not only that, but Bartlett finds it a way to represent where one can also find themselves in their own lives and how that could connect to the world.  
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