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Harley Bartlett


Harley Bartlett is a New Englander in home, heritage and spirit. An early interest in drawing led to a career in Easel and Mural painting. It has been said that he casts a wide net in the world of art. He has run an art company providing murals and faux finishes for commercial and residential applications and has exhibited his fine art paintings in regional galleries for over twenty years. He recently painted the official portrait of Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri.

From the first time I saw one of Harley's paintings, I knew he would be a perfect fit for Hughes Gallery, and he is! I love the focus of his work just so very clear and intense, even in rural scenes. He is an artist, who gives the viewer a kind of new clarity, even though his paintings would not be considered ultra or hyper-realism. While primarily known as a Landscape Painter he also paints figurative works, and maritime and sporting art themes. He typically paints images for display as small as 5" x 7" to as large as 36" x 48".

His landscape paintings typically depict the rural, wooded and coastal areas of New England. The quality of light and weather serve to establish the mood of the painting. Man-made objects may also play a part as symbols to the mood or as anchors to help the viewer to move through the painting. Natural objects are used in a likewise manner. Nostalgia and or reflection play a large part in the creation of these images looking away from much of what modern living brings to the existing landscape. In this he is looking to the positive and major-key aspects of that natural world. These paintings are not always a portrait of a specific place but may be a depiction of a number of areas which support a theme.

Animals often make their way into his paintings. Cows, sheep and sometimes deer add to a desired sense of timelessness which he strives for.

His figurative paintings depict common activities such as a day at the beach, apple picking or other daily tasks common to us all.

Sporting and maritime themes are subject specific and while not a specialist in these fields he endeavors to correctly depict each as required by the subject while still adhering to the same formal qualities that make up his landscape paintings.

Harley Bartlett looks primarily to the artists of the past for his technique of painting. Drawing, composition and brushwork all work together, in unison, to create an image that, while realistic is not photographic in quality.

Along the River
Along the River
Late Afternoon
Late Afternoon
Mid Day Watering
Mid Day Watering
Quahogging
Quahogging
The Consult
The Consult

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