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HARLEY
BARTLETT

Waterville

Waterville

18x24, Oil

Summertime

Summertime

11x14, Oil

Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall

11x14, Oil

HARLEY BARTLETT is a New Englander in home, heritage, and spirit. An early
interest in drawing led to a career in Easel and Mural painting, and it has been
said that he casts a wide net in the world of art. He has run an art company
providing murals and faux finishes for commercial and residential
applications and has exhibited his fine art paintings in regional galleries
for over twenty years. He recently painted the official portrait of Rhode
Island Governor Donald Carcieri. His commercial customers range from
Darden's and The Capital Grille Steakhouse to the Royal Caribbean Cruise
Line. He has painted artwork for Catholic Churches in Rhode Island and
his handiwork may be found in Statehouses throughout the United States.
He has worked with some of the area's top design firms, such as, Morris
Nathanson Design, Niemitz Design Group, Judd Brown Design, and Jackson
Creative Group.   

While primarily known as a Landscape Painter he also paints figurative works, as well as maritime and sporting art themes. He typically paints images for display as small as 5"x7" to as large as 36"x48". Frames are typically 2 1/2" to 5" wide, depending on size. He frames his work in handmade gold or black (with gold fillet liner) frames. His retail prices range from $500 to $14,000, depending on size and content.

 

His landscape paintings typically depict the rural, wooded and coastal areas of New England. The quality of light and weather serve to establish the mood of the painting. Man-made objects may also play a part as symbols to the mood or as anchors to help the viewer to move through the painting. Natural objects are used in a likewise manner. Nostalgia and or reflection play a large part in the creation of these images looking away from much of what modern living brings to the existing landscape. In this he is looking to the positive and key aspects of that natural world. These paintings are not always a portrait of a specific place but may be a depiction of a number of areas which support a theme.

Animals often make their way into his paintings as well. Cows, sheep, and sometimes deer add to a desired sense of timelessness which he strives for.

His figurative paintings depict common activities such as a day at the beach, apple picking, or other daily tasks common to us all.

Sporting and maritime themes are subject specific and while not a specialist in these fields he endeavors to correctly depict each as required by the subject while still adhering to the same formal qualities that make up his landscape paintings.

Harley Bartlett looks primarily to the artists of the past for his technique of painting. Drawing, composition and brushwork all work together, in unison, to create an image that, while realistic is not photographic in quality.

b. 1959

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