Although Bartlett’s works are well-informed by the legacy of such painters as Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth, the artist pushes the boundaries of the realist tradition with his multilayered imagery. Presenting symbolical scenes happening in the places remembered from his childhood and life, Bartlett codes his works with many references to American culture and history. However, though mainly looking at America’s land and people, the painter goes beyond describing the culture and beauty of the country and conveys the universal struggles of a man. Bartlett undertakes the themes of life, death, passage and memory in his paintings, inviting the viewer for an open interpretation of his works.
All images © Bo Bartlett