Bo Bartlett (b. 1955) is a contemporary American realist painter who expounds on the tradition of great American masters like Thomas Eakins, Andrew Wyeth, and Winslow Homer. Bartlett paints the world around him; his family, friends and his wife and muse, Betsy Eby, in the landscapes and scenery drawn from his current homes in Maine and Georgia, and past homes in Washington and Pennsylvania. These settings lend Bartlett's imagery with dreamlike narratives which are imbued with mysterious or surrealist undertones. They depict memories, dreams, literary references and current events. Though seemingly personal, many of Bartlett's paintings uphold universal themes. Bartlett's background as a filmmaker also lends to the cinematic composition of his paintings.
Bo Bartlett was born in Columbus, Georgia, in 1955, and after studying in Florence, Italy, went on to receive a Certificate of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA in 1981. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in the US and abroad, at such museums as the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; the Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, PA; and at such galleries as John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco; Forum Gallery and PPOW, New York; David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI; and Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA. Bartlett has received awards including the PEW Fellowship in the Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Award; Museum Merit Award, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, GA; Charles Toppan Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. His work is in the public collections of the Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN; Denver Museum of Art, Denver, CO; and Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, among others. Bartlett lives and works in Columbus, GA and lives seasonally in Maine.