June 14, 2018
Twelve Pieces by Contemporary Artist
Walter Bartman (Born 1947)
- Image of the Day -
"Middletown, Maryland" (plein air)
Feature Artist Bio
By permission of the artist, The Cyber Art Show is pleased to feature the second of two 12-piece exhibitions of works by American painter
Walter Bartman (born 1947 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).
Walter Bartman is the Director and Founder of the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, Maryland, specializing in landscape and figure painting. His work is represented by Marin-Price Galleries in Chevy Chase, Maryland and The Bridge Gallery, Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Walt and his work have been featured on CBS's Charles Osgood Show, "Sunday Morning", and the New York Times. He is an internationally-known artist with exhibitions in Italy, the Bahamas, and Cuba.
Walter Bartman received his Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Art History from American University, where he studied with Ben Summerford. He was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study painting in Belgium and the Netherlands. He is listed in the Art and Artist Files in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library Collections.
He has been personally recognized by Presidents George H. Bush, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton for teaching 11 Presidential Scholars in the Visual Arts. Montgomery County, Maryland named April 7, “Walt Bartman Day.”
Bartman has taught at many well-known art schools, including Carnegie Mellon University, Montgomery College, and the Corcoran School of Art, before starting his own school, the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, Maryland. In 2012, he founded the Griffin Art Center in Frederick, Maryland and in 2018 the Goldfinch Studio, Middletown, Maryland. He also maintains a studio on Tilghman Island, Maryland.
Walt Bartman conducts an exciting array of national and international workshops. With work in prominent public and private collections, Bartman continues to receive national recognition for his artwork and teaching.
“Philosophically, my work has evolved to reflect my temperament. I am caught up in expressing the immediacy and movement around us in subjects that change. My goal is to capture the freshness of my thoughts in paint. It is about the “Present.” It is about being immersed in the “moment” and being “gifted” epiphanies. When discussing painting, it is more than just literal picture making. I want to explore and find an idea.I realize my ideas are born abstractly.
I am inspired by Nature. I don’t consider myself a realist and I am not a literalist. I am not wedded to the photograph. My best work starts without a preconceived idea. I am in search of the elusive idea. Like the egg, it is not just about its shell. The egg has something inside. I want to find what is inside a painting. My paintings are a synthesis. Stylistically, I am borderline representational. For me, the mind, eye, and hand move together. Color is the priority, followed by the touch. My favorite subject is the landscape. It is ever changing. Intuition takes precedent. My search is for that allusive essence in the work.
Most of my work in this exhibition is about my experience with Nature. About the sense of place. My studio life has been outdoors for many years. I find that Nature provides an endless amount of visual sensations for the artist. You never run out of ideas because never are two days alike. What is the distinguishing characteristic about working outdoors is that the subjects are bathed in color. Once you have painted outdoors, it is hard to return indoors to work in the studio.”