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Refugees, 2023, Oil on linen, 48 x 66 inches

The Cove is a clas­sic Bartlett painting, as it depicts his wife and muse, the painter Betsy Eby, staring intensely at the viewer while a younger female figure in a red dress gazes off into the distance towards the promise of the ris­ing sun. Bartlett has lived and worked on islands off the coast of Maine and Washington, so rowboats have a continual role in his work and personal iconography. Refugees is another figurative piece also employing the row boat imagery. 

In another painting, The Wayfarer, a young man stares confidently yet wide-eyed toward the viewer. With a look of innocence and a glow­ing halo around his face, the man seemingly transcends the small-town circus happening behind him, possibly not even aware of its presence. 

The Cove, 2022, Oil on linen, 80 x 100 inches

The Cove, 2022, Oil on linen, 80 x 100 inches

BO BARTLETT, one of the great American Realists today, opens a new exhibi­tion of paintings October 26 through December 9 at the Miles McEnery Gallery in New York City. Bartlett has spent the past two and a half years painting for this exhibition, a journey that has taken him from Maine to Mex­ico City and a few stops in between. 

Bartlett works in realism but his paintings are imbued with a psycho­logical drama that car­ries the work into the realm of dreams, sur­realism, and mythol­ogy. For this exhibi­tion, Bartlett initially planned an entire body of work based on animals. However, after attend­ing a bullfight in Mexico, the theme shifted and became a visual discussion of man ver­sus nature. And, through this, figures began to work their way back into the paintings. 

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