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Bo Bartlett: Earthly Matters

September 9, 2022 - January 15, 2023

Gallery 8 & 9

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Acclaimed for his large-scale paintings that explore modern American life and cultural heritage, contemporary artist Bo Bartlett follows the traditions of American Realists such as Andrew Wyeth, Thomas Eakins, and Edward Hopper. Earthly Matters presents a selection of Bartlett’s recent works that examine humankind’s impact on and interaction with nature’s elements. Bartlett’s subjects, both human and animal, find themselves in precarious environmental situations, either from their own doing or by forces beyond their control. Bartlett’s appreciation for the beauty of ordinary moments imbues his work with an underlying luminosity and frankness. His larger-than-life scenes break down the barriers between the subjects on canvas and the viewers, who are invited to contemplate their role in the narrative. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication produced by Miles McEnry Gallery, NYC, featuring essays by the artist and guest curator, Pam Wall.  This exhibition is organized by the Gibbes Museum of Art and is supported by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, SeaFields at Kiawah and Lynch Cracraft Wealth Management of Raymond James. Upcoming Exhibition Dates: Bo Bartlett Center: February 3 – April 28, 2023 MOCA Jacksonville: May 26 – September 10, 2023

<i>Georgia </i>, 2021, by Bo Bartlett (American, b. 1955). Oil on linen, 60 x 80 inches.  Image courtesy of the artist and Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY.

Georgia , 2021, by Bo Bartlett (American, b. 1955). Oil on linen, 60 x 80 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY.

 <i>Hurtsboro</i>, 2021, by Bo Bartlett (American, b. 1955). Oil on linen, 70 x 120 inches. ©Image courtesy of the artist and Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY.

Hurtsboro, 2021, by Bo Bartlett (American, b. 1955). Oil on linen, 70 x 120 inches. ©Image courtesy of the artist and Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY.

<i>Thin Veil</i>, 2021, by Bo Bartlett (American, b. 1955).  Oil on linen, 82 x 100 inches.  Image courtesy of the artist and Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY.

Thin Veil, 2021, by Bo Bartlett (American, b. 1955). Oil on linen, 82 x 100 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY.

<i>The Flood </i>, 2018, by Bo Bartlett (American, b. 1955). Oil on linen, 82 x 100 inches. ©Image courtesy of the artist and Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY.

The Flood , 2018, by Bo Bartlett (American, b. 1955). Oil on linen, 82 x 100 inches. ©Image courtesy of the artist and Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY.

<i>Dominion</i>, 2016, by Bo Bartlett (American, b. 1955). Oil on linen, 82 x 100 inches.  Image courtesy of the artist and Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY. Loan courtesy Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC, gift of Alex Washburn, 2021.71.01

Dominion, 2016, by Bo Bartlett (American, b. 1955). Oil on linen, 82 x 100 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY. Loan courtesy Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC, gift of Alex Washburn, 2021.71.01

Sponsors

  • BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
  • Lynch Cracraft Raymond James
  • SeaFields at Kiawah