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"When I was a little kid I was fascinated by Red Skelton and Marcel Marceau, the French mime. I was fascinated by the possibility of being able to entertain by being someone who got a costume and took us to another reality. I did a drawing of Red Skelton as a clown from a newspaper photograph and I mailed it to him. I was probably six, and he sent back a black-and-white photograph signed, 'For Bo. Thank you. Your friend, Red Skelton.' For a little kid in Georgia to be able to get a response from a celebrity was a huge deal. It was like, wow, my drawing affected someone who is famous! That made me think I could interact in a different kind of way with the world." Bo Bartltett, interviewed by Jack Byer in Bo Bartlett: Paintings 1981-2010.
Published by Inspiration Point Press. Introduction by Patricia Junker. Text by Donald Kuspit, Jack Byer.
Bo Bartlett (born 1955) belongs to the tradition of American realist painters defined by such artists as Andrew Wyeth, who called Bartlett "fresh, gifted and what we need in this country." Surveying the artist's work between 1981 and 2010, this monograph includes previously unpublished paintings, along with an essay by noted scholar and critic Donald Kuspit.
PUBLISHER Inspiration Point Press
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 11 x 10.25 in. / 64 pgs / 47 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/28/2011 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2011 p. 142
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780578061221TRADE List Price: $24.95 CDN $27.50
Published by Marquand Books, Inc.. Artwork by Bo Bartlett. Contributions by Suzi Gablik, Charles Butler. Text by Al Harris-Fernandez, Sylvia Yount.
A midcareer figurative painter with a distinctive and haunting narrative vision, Bo Bartlett composes large-scale contemporary portraits and landscapes that combine the memories and impressions of his upbringing, his faith, his family, and his friends. Presenting iconic American subjects subtly underlined with open-ended questions, Bartlett implies that there is a chance for magic and wonder in everyday life. In paintings titled Old Glory, Self Portrait on Wheaton, Hiroshima, The Good Old Days, A Place by the Ocean, Partisan, and The Dowry, he offers both a straightforward narrative and the possibility for more complex interpretations and responses. This volume is the first monograph on the artist.