the gibbes museum of art

Bo Bartlett: Earthly Matters

September 9, 2022 @ 12:00 AM - December 31, 1969 @ 7:00 PM

Galleries 8 & 9


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 Thomas Eakins,  Edward Hopper, and Andrew Wyeth. 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 McEnery 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, Lynch Cracraft Wealth Management of Raymond James, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Jane Smith Turner Foundation, and the Joseph J. Schott Foundation.

Traveling  Exhibition Dates:

Bo Bartlett Center: February 3 – April 28, 2023

MOCA Jacksonville: May 26 – September 10, 2023


"the purpose of art, is to wake us up: to our own situations. . . to our neighbors’ plights. . . to our own calling. . . to our own lives. . . to the world around us. . ."