The Somnambulists, 2010, Oil on linen, 82" x 82"

The Somnambulists, 2010, Oil on linen, 82″ x 82″

Field Notes: A Local Look at Global Art

Bo Bartlett – Maine Man

Several years ago, my husband took a weeklong sailing trip off the Maine coast on the 140-year-old Stephen Taber schooner. I was happy for him to have this adventure solo as I have bouts with seasickness. The idea of rocking and rolling on a vessel with no modern conveniences (such as electric light) seemed sketchy at best.

Apparently I really missed an opportunity. He recounted that the boat itself was a work of art, and the food, which was prepared entirely on a woodburning stove, was outstanding. He was most impressed however by the LIGHT. They sailed among the hundreds of outer islands, and one was more beautiful than the next.

This month’s featured artist, Bo Bartlett, resides for most of the year in this magical landscape. His paintings are bathed in varying hues and weather patterns, which play a supporting role in his subjects’ narratives. Nostalgic and uniquely American, the works transport the viewer to a mood remembered and a place desired. Perhaps that is what my husband experienced in addition to the blueberry pancakes and “lobsta”?

A Glory of Painting, 2009, Oil on linen, 60" x 60"
The Lobster Wars, 2007, Oil on linen, 80" x 112"
Radio Flyer, 2012, Oil on linen, 48" x 66"
Lifeboat, 1998, Oil on linen, 80" x 100"

Artist Bio – Bo Bartlett
Realist painter Bo Bartlett is known as a classic American artist who follows in the traditions of Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth. Many of the scenes he paints are from his childhood home in Georgia, his summer home in Maine, his home in Pennsylvania, and his studio in the state of Washington. He celebrates the land and the people of America in a way that signifies the archetypal, universal concept of home. He studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and also studied anatomy at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received a certificate in film from New York University and went on to make a film about Andrew Wyeth. Bartlett is represented by P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York. For more information, visit www.bobartlett.com and www.ppowgallery.com.

Betsy Wills admits that she is blissfully ignorant when it comes to art curation and selection. She is, however, an avid art lover and collector and maintains the popular art blog artstormer.com. Wills is proud of the fact that her art does not match her sofa.

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