Bartmann is drawn to non-designed, left-over places. He evokes emotion using spatial dimension, atmosphere, and defining architecture. Space is a living thing in these paintings; a tangible, palliable presence. Tension exists among the use of traditional one point perspective, the flat abstract two-dimensional canvas world, and the surface of the paint.
Bartmann is interested more in the journey through the space and paint layers rather than a particular fixed image. He likes the idea that the viewer is free to roam around. Bartmann wants the entire process to show through the final painting. The residue of the previous drawing and painting comes through in the final version.
Name: Michael Bartmann
Place of Birth: Trenton, New Jersey
1995-1999 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 4 year Certificate Program,
1982-1987 State University of New York, Syracuse, NY, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Particular field of study or class work:
Major influences/admired artists:
J. M. W. Turner, Giorgio Morandi, Anselm Kiefer
Favorite materials or media:
Oil Paint, wood panels, palette knife, straight edge
School or university affiliation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Gallery Representation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Represented by The Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA , 2004-2015 (gallery closed in 2015)
CityFolk Gallery, Lancaster, PA
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