March 1 – April 21, 2018
Allan Stone Projects is pleased to present Bo Bartlett: Dreamland on view from March 1 - April 21, 2018. The exhibition highlights four large-scale paintings from 1995 to 2001 that feature the artist's exploration of mythical themes. Bartlett's imagery fuses art historical, biblical and literary narratives in contemporary contexts. His multilayered references result in dreamlike paintings imbued with mysterious or surrealist undertones. Aligned with the great realist painters before him like Edward Hopper, Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth, Bartlett continues the American painter's tradition of exalting the commonplace with personal significance.
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, among others. Bartlett has received awards including the PEW Fellowship in the Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Award, the Museum Merit Award from Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, GA, and the Charles Toppan Prize from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. His work is in the public collections of the Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, Denver Museum of Art, Denver, CO and the Seattle Art Museum, WA, among others. In January 2018, Columbus State University opened the Bo Bartlett Center, which serves as an exhibition space, and art facility dedicated to American realism. Bartlett lives and works in Columbus, GA and lives seasonally in Maine.