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Michael Bartlett

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Lookers at Tate Modern<br/>Oil on Panel<br/>35.5 x 28 x 2 cms<br/> Lookers at Tate Modern
Oil on Panel
35.5 x 28 x 2 cms
  1. Lookers at Tate Modern
    Oil on Panel
    35.5 x 28 x 2 cms
A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.'
Diane Arbus


Mike Bartlett makes paintings of galleries, paintings of people, paintings of shows and inevitably paintings of paintings.

This doubling interaction between observer, viewer and viewed becomes an ambiguous statement on the nature of the public act of looking at pictures and the private one of making them.

Bartlett travels around attending exhibitions and recording his observations with a distinctive painting style. Bartlett paints in a loosely expressive style with richly coloured layers.Behind the everyday ‘going to see a show’ which all artists do, Bartlett has found a conceptual impetus for using this ‘going’ as the spur on for back-in-the-studio image-making. Photography, images from historical and contemporary art are often included in Bartlett’s paintings.

His source of imagery is often layered and added too to create immersive Utopias and Dystopias which allows him the flexibility to expand his scope to include images from childhood stories or use the ‘Zoo’ as a place of looking and viewing and to explore cultural issues around Art and contemporary life.

‘He approaches each subject with respect and tenderness with a very strong sense of humanity. The works are not just cold observations.


Mike Bartlett
Studio 18 Artspace
27 Brougham Road, Southsea
PO5
Portsmouth
Hampshire
United Kingdom
Europe


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