Harley Bartlett- Columbia, Oil, 15 1/8 x 17 inches

Harley Bartlett

Harley Bartlett was born in 1959 near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania (BA, 1981) and followed up with studies at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. However, having lived in Rhode Island for most of his life, he considers himself a New Englander in home, heritage and spirit.

Bartlett has broad experience in the art world. He has exhibited his paintings in New England galleries for over 30 years. He has owned a mural and decorative painting company, having supplied the Hospitality design field with many paintings and murals, worldwide. His mural handiwork may be found in numerous State Houses, such as Iowa, Utah, Texas, and Rhode Island, as well as in the House of Representative’s wing of the U.S. Capitol Building. In 2010, he won the commission to paint the official portrait of past Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri and in 2015, he won the commission to paint the official portrait of past Providence, RI Mayor, Buddy Cianci. He continues to paint private and public portraits on commission.

His affiliations include serving as President of The Providence Art Club (2003-07), one of the oldest art clubs in the United States, and being a past member of The Copley Society, National Society of Mural Painters and New England Plein Air Painters. In 2015 he was voted in as an elected member of The Guild of Boston Artists and is a current member of the Salmagundi Club in NYC.

Read more

He has been juried into many of the recent International Marine Art Exhibitions at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT. His paintings may be found in many Rhode Island Institutions such as; Rhode Island College, Bryant University, Women & Infants Hospital, Newport Hospital and Lady of Fatima, as well as; Aquidneck Land Trust, Kent County Hospital, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Rhode Island Philharmonic school and the New England Institute of Technology.

He has been commissioned to create paintings for; the Amica Insurance Company, the East Greenwich Yacht Club, the Warwick Country Club and the Harvard Club, as well as countless private commissions. He has been featured in many articles in publications such as American Artist Magazine, Florida Architecture, Traditional Home Magazine, Home Gallery (R.I. and S.E. MA.) and Soundings magazine.

Harley Bartlett’s paintings are known for their finely crafted compositions and subtle coloring. His brushwork and paint application is evocative of American and European paintings of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Like many of the artists of the past who continue to influence him (Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakinsand Eastman Johnson),  he finds subject matter in the allied fields of marine and sporting art. Typically, his landscapes are somewhat nostalgic and timeless, focusing on the rural and coastal areas of southern Rhode Island and Connecticut, but he also finds time to explore and paint the Adirondack and Florida scenes.