Bo Bartlett, American, born 1955. Serena Sleeping, 2014. Graphite on paper. Framed: 23 x 26 1/2 in. (58.4 x 67.3 cm). The Collection of Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby

Bo Bartlett: Forty Years of Drawing

July 17, 2021 - October 3, 2021

Graphics Gallery

This exhibition presents graphite drawings and gouache paintings spanning 40 years of Bo Bartlett’s career (from 1976 to 2016). Bartlett is an American realist with a modernist vision, and his artwork celebrates both the commonplace and the extraordinary. According to Bartlett, “The purpose of art is to wake up—to wake up to the numinous now, to the great unfolding of the mysterious universe that we are one with.” These works reveal an intimate peek into a side of the artist’s life and oeuvre rarely seen by the public. Educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Bartlett pushes the boundaries of the realist tradition with his multilayered images. Family and friends are the cast of characters that appear in his dreamlike works, some revealing intimate scenes between two people and others singular portraits.

From the Exhibition

  • Bo Bartlett, American, born 1955. Aug 4 - 2007 after brain surgery New York City NY, 2007. Graphite on paper. Framed: 20 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (52.1 x 44.5 cm. The Collection of Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby

  • Bo Bartlett, American, born 1955. Betsy May 28th 2009, 2009. Graphite on paper. Framed: 20 x 27 in. (50.8 x 68.6 cm). The Collection of Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby

  • Bo Bartlett, American, born 1955. Betsy 7/23/7, 2007. Graphite on paper. Framed: 19 x 26 in. (48.3 x 66 cm). The Collection of Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby

  • Bo Bartlett, American, born 1955. Bobby, 2019. Graphite on paper. Framed: 18 1/4 × 25 1/2 in. (46.4 × 64.8 cm). The Collection of Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby

  • Bo Bartlett, American, born 1955. Lark and Betsy, 2013. Graphite on paper. Framed: 29 1/2 x 22 in. (74.9 x 55.9 cm). The Collection of Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby

  • Bo Bartlett, American, born 1955. Bebe 5-23-18, 2018. Graphite on paper. Framed: 16 × 18 1/2 in. (40.6
    × 47 cm). The Collection of Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby