Bo Bartlett, NutMan (Unemployed Worker at The Old Tom’s Peanuts Factory Silos), 2019, Gouache on Arches Aquarelle Hot-Pressed paper, 22″ x 30″
Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three exhibitions in the month of August: Bo Bartlett, Eric Green, and Aaron T Stephan. Opening Friday, August 2nd from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk. Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Gallery Hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084
Bo Bartlett was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1955. He received his Certificate of Fine Arts in 1981 from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
He has had numerous solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA; The University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford, MS; “Love and Other Sacraments,” “Paintings of Home,” Ilges Gallery, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA; “A Survey of Paintings,” W.C. Bradley Co. Museum, Columbus, GA; “Paintings of Home,” PPOW Gallery, New York, NY; and “Bo Bartlett,” Ogden Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. He had a solo exhibition at Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, NY in 2016.
Recent group exhibitions include “American Masters,” Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE; “The Philadelphia Story,” Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC; “The Outwin Boochever 2013 Portrait Competition Exhibition,” Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; “Best of the Northwest: Selected Paintings from the Permanent Collection,” Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA; “Perception of Self,” Forum Gallery, New York, NY; “Real: Realism in Diverse Media, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA; “Thriving in Seattle: A Retrospective,” GAGE Academy of Art, Seattle WA; “private (dis)play,” New York Academy of Art, New York, NY; “Figure as Narrative,” Columbus State University, Columbus, GA; “Solemn & Sublime: Contemporary American Figure Painting,” Akus Gallery, Eastern CT State University, Willimantic, CT; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, “private(dis)play,” Center of Creative Arts, St. Louis, MO; and “Five Artists of Accomplishment from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
His work may be found in the permanent collections of the Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC; La Salle University Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA; Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA; McCornick Place Metropolis Pier and Exposition Authority, South Hall, Chicago, IL; United States Mint, Philadelphia, PA; Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA; Office of the Governor, Harrisburg, PA; Curtis Institute, Philadelphia, PA; Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA; Hunter Museum of American Art; Chattanooga, TN; Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA; Denver Museum of Art, Denver, CO; and Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA.
Bartlett is the recipient of the PEW Fellowship in the Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Award; Museum Merit Award, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, GA; William Emlen Cresson Traveling Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Charles Toppan Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; and Packard Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
Bo Bartlett lives and works in Columbus, GA and lives seasonally in Maine.
Eric Green, Flowers for Mary #2, Pencil on panel with Acrylic Wash, 18″ x 16″
Eric Green was born in Gorham, New Hampshire in 1956. Green was offered a full scholarship to the RISD at the age of sixteen. After attending the school for a week, he left to ride freights across the country, spending four years on the road.
In addition to painting for thirty years, he has worked in a frame shop, assembled pulp testers, traveled with a carnival, restored houses, painted industrial buildings from a hanging scaffold, designed two labels for Brazilian beers, written six novels, five books of poems, and a syndicated award-winning column for five Maine papers.
Green has had several solo exhibitions, including those at: Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, Maine; Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, NY; Gallery Henoch, New York, NY; and Haley and Steele, Boston, MA. Upcoming solo show at Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts, Binghamton, NY.
Recent group exhibitions include: “Small Works,” Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY; Portland Museum Biennial, Portland, ME; “Realism in 20th Century American Painting,” Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME; “171st Annual Exhibition,” National Academy of Design, New York, NY; Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, Vermont; Robert Hull Fleming Museum, Burlington, Vermont: and the Portland Museum. “Art from the Driver’s Seat: Americans and Their Cars,” curated by Cara Sutherland. Traveling to: Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington MA; Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID; Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois State University, Charleston, IL; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI; Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI; Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN; Flint Institute of the Arts, Flint, MI; Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL; The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA; and Galerie Bernard DesRoches, Montreal, Quebec.
Green is the recipient of the National Academy of Design Merit Award and three Vermont Council Arts Fellowships.
Eric Green lives and works in Belfast, ME.
Aaron T Stephan, Scaled Blocks, 2019, Cement, Variable Dimensions
Aaron T Stephan is an artist living and working in Portland, Maine. His work presents a wry look at the world around him – focusing on complex web of information carried by everyday materials and objects. His work has taken form as a twenty-foot high table and chairs, a shelter made entirely of books, and a series of drawings reproducing iconic artworks ad infinitum
Stephan’s work has been featured at venues across the U.S. including DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Samson Projects, The Portland Museum of Art, John Michael Kohler Art Center, California Center for the Arts, Farnsworth Art Museum, Weitz Center at Carlton College, Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, DUMBO Center for the Arts, Troy Arts Center, University of Maine Museum of Art, Quint Contemporary, and Albany Airport Gallery.
Stephan has completed public commissions at multiple sites in Maine including Westbrook, Jackman, Dover-Foxcroft, Belfast, Jefferson, Lewiston, Lisbon, Biddeford, and Portland. In addition, he has completed public commissions at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester (NH), Music City Center in Nashville (TN), Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis (IN), Fire Station 45 in Clearwater (FL), Texas Tech University in Lubbock (TX), Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City (UT), and the RTD Gold Strike Station, Arvada (CO).
This body of work, Intermediate Submittal, begins with the common concrete block. The entire shape of a block is dictated by function. These works extract beauty from this mundane form through simple alterations of its prescribed scale, medium, and context. Through these often slight and subtle changes, the works speak to a range of cultural ideas from America’s troubled history of individualism to contemporary issues of masculinity. In this, the fundamental relationship between facade and structure is stretched, pushed, and broken while exploring the importance of this building block in our everyday lives.