Bio

Steve Bartlett is a sculptor living and working in Maine. His work sometimes references the natural world while other times there is more uncertainty and less definition. Using a self taught wood construction technique, Steve’s pieces are constructed in an intuitive and evolutionary process. Recently he has been adding shapes in paint to his forms. Steve has shown mostly on the West and East Coasts since graduating from Kenyon College in Gambier, OH in 1984. His sculpture is in the collections of the University of Maine Museum of Art, The Port of San Diego, Neiman Marcus Group, City of Los Altos CA, and United Airlines among others, as well as numerous Private Collections.

Statement

My work is much about curves, though recently I’ve begun to use straight lines and angles in paint on the surfaces of my sculpture. When working nearly all of my decisions are a combination of formal considerations, questioning myself where have I been, where am I going, and a gut feeling. It is an intuitive and evolutionary process. I find inspiration to be fleeting, and I’m fine with this. I take those moments or ideas and pursue the ones that seem worthwhile. The bulk of my time is spent executing these ideas. I have many influences and much to draw from which I could employ in my work, but in practice on any given piece it is mostly about editing, restricting, and focusing. Broadly speaking, I am trying to create forms that make vague reference to something and are simultaneously without definition. 

On the upcoming show "Steve Bartlett: Works from 2013-2018" George Kinghorn, Director and Curator at University of Maine Museum of Art writes:

"Maine-based artist Steve Bartlett has created a dynamic environment that features large-scale floor oriented sculptures, wall-mounted compositions, and small objects. The exhibition also features several never-before-seen sculptures created in 2017 and 2018. Bartlett’s sculptures are crafted from ash, oak and walnut, and display the artist’s impeccable craftsmanship and inherent joy in the creative process. He utilizes steam-bent techniques for shaping and constructing the complex curves of the varied forms. Bartlett explains his sculptural process as “intuitive and evolutionary.” While the forms are enigmatic, they are also rooted in nature; their character and gestures seem to reference organic flora. A symbiotic relationship exists between the artist’s ideas and his chosen media. The work in his studio evolves in a fluid manner as the unique character of materials inform the final outcome.

Central to Bartlett’s recent works is the introduction of hard-edged painted areas, primarily in black and white. These painted elements, in the form of bands and circular notations, accentuate the curved shapes to create bold and unexpected graphic overlays. Bartlett explains “there is no direct message in his sculptures” and that he “simply hopes to engage and provoke the imagination” through organic and geometric shapes."

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018 Steve Bartlett: Works from 2013-2018, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME (Upcoming May-Aug 2018)
2018 New Geometry II, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
2017 Icon Contemporary Art, Mark Wethli, Cassie Jones & Steve Bartlett, Brunswick, ME
2016 Gather IV, Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME
2016 "3 Galleries. 8 Walls", Corey Daniels Gallery, Wells, ME
2015 Summer Show, Corey Daniels Gallery, Wells, ME
2013 Left Coast Annual, Juror, Lucinda Barnes, Chief Curator UC Berkeley Art Museum, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
2011 Arts on Fire XV, Juror, Alison Gass, Assistant Curator of Painting & Sculpture San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
2010 Everything But The Kitschen Sync 13th Annual Group Show, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Everything But The Kitschen Sync 12th Annual Group Show, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA
2008 "Crazy For Cult", Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA
2008 "Everyone's in Together", Gallery 1988, San Francisco, CA
2008 "Toys", Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Everything But The Kitschen Sync 10th Annual Group Show, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Juried Annual, Topanga Canyon Gallery, Lisa Melandri, Santa Monica Museum of Art
2006 "Small Wonders II", Pharmaka Art, Curator, Tyler Stallings, Laguna Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2006 "Of This World", Gallery 825, Curator, Laurie Steelink, Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006 2006 Juried Open, Topanga Canyon Gallery, Curator, Chris Burden, Topanga, CA
2005 “Wallworks”, LA Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles, CA
2002 Gremillion & Co, Houston, TX
1998 Gremillion & Co, Houston TX
1998 Atmosphere, New York, NY
1997 Gremillion & Co., The Annex, Houston, TX
1997 "Sculpture Walk", Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena, San Francisco, CA
1996 6th "Outdoor Sculpture on Loan" Competition for the City of Los Altos, CA
1996 "Boomerang", San Francisco International Airport, Limn Gallery, SF, CA
1996 25th Anniversary Outdoor Sculpture Show, Shidoni Gallery, Tesuque, NM
1995 Shidoni Gallery, Tesque, NM
1994 "El Paseo Sculpture Exhibit", City of Palm Desert's Art in Public Places Program, Palm Desert, CA
1993 "Go Figure: Figures in Motion", Opts Art, San Francisco, CA
1992 "Angels", Spectrum Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1992 "Vernissage", Spectrum Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1992 Graham & James Art Program, One Maritime Plaza, San Francisco, CA
1992 "Precious Paragons", The Atrium Gallery at 901 Market, San Francisco, CA
1992 "Earth Day Exhibition", Union Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1991 Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OR
1991 "Physical Geography", Merced College of Art, Merced, CA
1991 "Figures in Motion", An Exhibition of Figurative Sculpture at Washington Square, Washington, DC
1991 "Sculpture Exhibition", Modesto Junior College Art Gallery, Modesto, CA
1991 "Surrealist Salon", Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA
1991 "Avenue of the Arts Sculpture Exhibition", College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA
1990 "Sculpture and Abstraction", San Francisco State Student Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1990 "Bay Arts '90", Arts Council of San Mateo County, Belmont, CA
1989 "Continental Drift", Members of New York's Sculptor's Guild & selected Northern California sculptors, San Francisco, CA
1989 "Torch and Anvil", SF Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1986 "Opening Exhibition", Olin Library, Gambier, OH
1985 "Senior Exhibit", Colburn Gallery, Gambier, OH
1985 Swearingen Gallery, Louisville, KY
1985 "Works in Competition", Colburn Gallery, Gambier, OH
1983 "The Annual Competitive Show" Colburn Gallery, Gambier, OH
1982 "Works in Competition", Colburn Gallery, Gambier, OH

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
The University of Maine Museum of Art
San Diego International Airport
The Neiman Marcus Collection
Continental Airlines
City of Los Altos, CA
Santa Fe Snyder Corporation
NanoSystems
Adobe Systems
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
City of Oakland, CA
&
Private Collections

AWARDS/COMMISSIONS
1997 Commission of large-scale sculpture entitled "Guillermo", Port of San Diego, San Diego International Airport, Lindbergh Field
1993 25 Charcoal Drawings for the Neiman Marcus Collection, San Francisco, CA
1993 2 Site-specific sculptures, Atherton, CA, Bauer Interior Design, San Francisco, CA
1992 Sculpture for the Neiman Marcus Collection, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas
1991 Wall Piece for The Sports Medicine Shop at St.Francis Memorial Hospital, Robert Bum Architects, San Francisco, CA
1989 World Series Trophy, commissioned by the San Francisco & Oakland Chambers of Commerce
1988 Big Bird, for performance of "Crystal Cutter", Multi-Image Showcase, Theatre Artaud, San Francisco, CA
1984 Wycoff A Sword Memorial Prize in Sculpture, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
1983 Merit Award, "The Annual Competitive Show", Colburn Gallery, Gambier, OH
1982 Wycoff A. Sword Memorial Prize in Sculpture, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

EDUCATION
1984 B.A. in Art, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH.

PUBLICATIONS

Art New England, July/Aug 2018, Steve Bartlett: Works From 2013-2018, Carl Little
USA Today, July 9, 2018, 10 Best on Maine Museum Trail, Lois Alter Mark
New Haven Daily Nutmeg, Feb 2018, Shape Shift, Kathy Leonard Czepiel
Press Herald, Oct 2016, Gather IV offers a strong lineup in abstraction, Daniel Kany
Portland Phoenix, Aug 2015, Getting Physical: Foregrounding the Material Nature of Art, Britta Konau
Palo Alto Daily News, Feb.2001
Los Altos Town Crier, Feb. 2001
San Diego Tribune, April 1997
Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb., 1996
San Jose Mercury News, May 1994
Merced Sun Star, Nov., 1991
Modesto Bee, Oct., 1991
SF Bay Guardian, Aug., 1991
Grants Pass Daily Courier, July 1991
Dance Magazine, Jan.
1990 Oakland Tribune, Oct.,
1989 Boston Globe, Oct., 1988