Videos

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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Good Old Days

Made in 2000, The Good Old Days is a family-oriented image that focuses on Bartlett’s ideas of a fishing family’s life in Maine. Made during a time in which he claims as better days, hence the title, Bartlett focuses on the simple pleasures of family life.  
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After Andrew

A reference to the ’92 hurricane, this work, made in ’98, also references the artist’s mentor at the time, Andrew Wyeth. It focuses on the transformation after both events and what destruction and bare essentials were left with one, and what enrichment was left with the other.  
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Calling

Although seemingly just a painting of a cow, there is more to this piece from 1998. In this video, Bartlett discusses how this work is like a surreal self-portrait of himself. With many small details and symbolism to find within the work, it is much more than just a simple cow.  
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