Artist Michael Bartlett

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The Artist Says:

In what seems like a world gone insane, painting is one of the most sane things I can do, it is also enormously satisfying. Through a medium such as oil painting or drawing, relating my visual experience of nature from ‘plein-aire’, brings me to … a deeper truth, that can elude mundane consciousness. The creative spirit of art is a gentle wind that pushes on the sail of my soul, to unseen horizons. 

Collectors Say:

"... Why would you make a painting of a scene you could photograph?" Marian Parmenter, Director of SFMOMA Artists Gallery


Born 1947, Boise, Idaho

Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana – 1976 BAA (jewelry & metal-smithing)
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California -1987 MFA (painting)

Grew up in Montana, the grandson of ranching homesteaders. Early influence by western artists, Charles M. Russell and Fredrick Remington. Later influences, George Inness, Thomas Moran, Russel Chatham, Clyde Aspevig.
Has lived and practiced fine and commercial art for 36 years in the San Francisco and Northern California area. An Affiliate Artist, Marin Headlands Center for the Arts 1987-89.
Served in the USAF. Worked as graphic and technical illustrator for the aircraft industry, 3D computer graphics illustration, corporate image development, animation, website development, photo and video production. Also worked as a master craftsman in Sonoma for 12 years.
Currently paints full time, living with his wife Paulette in Sonoma, California.

Honorable Mention, Graton Gallery 10th Annual Small Works Exhibition, 2019
2nd Place, Oil, California Works, 1985
Theta Award, Energy Art, 1982


Treasures of the Bay Area, New Paintings by the California Art Club, Holton Studio Gallery, Berkeley, CA 2020
Mid-California Highlights: From the Sierra to the Sea, California Art Club, Gallery 48 at Natoma, Folsom, CA 2020
Autumn Impressions, Painting the American Landscape, California Art Club, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA, 2019
Alphabet Soup, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2019
City by the Bay, California Art Club San Francisco Chapter, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2019
10th Annual Small Works Exhibition, Graton Gallery, Graton, CA
Art Between the Lines, 1st California Art Club San Francisco Chapter Exhibition, Peninsula Art Museum, Burlingame, CA, 2018
Wild and Sassy, Sebastopol Art Center, Sebastopol, CA, 2018
7th Annual Small Works Show, Graton Gallery, CA, 2018
Architectural Institute of America Computer Graphics SIG, San Francisco, CA 1993
Through Visiting Eyes, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Sausalito, CA 1991
The Modern Landscape, Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1988
San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art Rental Gallery Miniatures, San Francisco, [...]

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