Approved: 16.08.2006

Richard Bartle

Artist, Maker, Arts administrator

Approved: 16.08.2006

As a child learning to swim I used to have nightmares about the drain hole at the bottom of the swimming pool, not helped I may add by that horror story about that girl who got her arm stuck and was sucked in to the pipe. These are the feelings and personal stories that my new works have grown from, they are an evolving and expanding journey through a my own memory banks to seek out the uncanny moment, they are not necessarily autobiographical more about those things in life that are worth sharing. They are a return to a textured, playful, and tactile practice, A return to colour for the sake of colour, to the very essence of structure and form and material. These new works represent a deep shift in my own personal artistic journey towards that which I always loved about art, especially painting: substance, pleasure, playfulness and vibrancy. 

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  • Location: Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • Activities: Residencies, Private commissions
 

Biography

As a child learning to swim I used to have nightmares about the drain hole at the bottom of the swimming pool, not helped I may add by that horror story about that girl who got her arm stuck and was sucked in to the pipe. These are the feelings and personal stories that my new works have grown from, they are an evolving and expanding journey through a my own memory banks to seek out the uncanny moment, they are not necessarily autobiographical more about those things in life that are worth sharing. They are a return to a textured, playful, and tactile practice, A return to colour for the sake of colour, to the very essence of structure and form and material. These new works represent a deep shift in my own personal artistic journey towards that which I always loved about art, especially painting: substance, pleasure, playfulness and vibrancy. 

Under the bridge is the working title for an ongoing series of paintings, works on paper, and sculptures that tap in to my experiences of the aquatic. From one of my earliest memories of standing in the middle of a seaside paddling pool, so adamant that I was not leaving I went blue before my mother rescued me. Through to my childhood experiences learning to swim and the time I was swimming in a reservoir and watched as the friend besides me sank into the darkness. Right through to my time scuba diving days, both as a sport and a career, and the events that eventually led me to art college - such as fishing net entangled ship wrecks, violent sea storms, welders flash, and a sudden realization that swimming down rope with a carrier bag full of dynamite was not necessarily a good life plan!

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2004 - Post Graduate Diploma - Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield 1996 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Bretton Hall College, Wakefield Solo exhibitions 2012 - Deities at the bottom of the garden, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe 2009 - Make Mine A Molotov, Hive Gallery, Barnsley 2006 - Strata, Lowry Hotel, Manchester 2002 - Oil Paintings, Bloc, Sheffield 2002 - Turn On The Water Works, Timber Wharf Gallery, Manchester 2000 - Gravity can be a cruel mistress, Paton Gallery, London Group exhibitions 2012 - Richard Bartle & Ian Anderson, DLA Piper , Sheffield 2010 - Abbarkadabra, The Mardin Biennial, Turkey 2010 - Blasphemous, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin 2009 - Cross Cutting, Sierra Metro, Edinburgh 2009 - Object Image - revisiting the interface, no.w.here, London 2009 - Pan-demonium, AC Institute, New York 2009 - Urban Jealousy, Tehran Biennial, Belgrade 2009 - V22 Presents: The sculpture Show, Biscuit Factory, London 2008 - Art is my playground, Kuçuk çiftlik Amusement Park, Istanbul, Turkey 2008 - Urban Jealousy, Tehran Biennial, Berlin 2008 - Urban Jealousy, Tehran Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey 2007 - Comme Ca Art Limited Edition Prints, The Lowry Hotel, Manchester 2007 - Conflict, 20/21 Visual Arts Center, Scunthorpe 2006 - Urbia, Sheffield University Library Gallery, Sheffield 2005 - Boffins Find Oil On Mars, Mars-Patent, Hamburg, Germany 2005 - Le Petite Paysage, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool 2005 - The Little Artists present: Contemporary Artists Play Pictionary, The Agency, London 2003 - 10x10x10, Bloc, Sheffield 2003 - Citi-zen, Sheffield Biennial, Sheffield 2003 - Sheffield Sea Life Center, Artranspennine03, Sheffield 2002 - Reactions, Exit Art, New York 2001 - And The heat Goes On (Macho Gangster Love), Timber Wharf Gallery, Manchester 2001 - Chaos and Equilibrium, Paton Gallery, London 2000 - 21st Century British Art Show, Diorama Gallery, London 2000 - Beyond The Seen, Paton Gallery, London 2000 - Vim And Vigour, S1 Artspace, Sheffield 1999 - Vital Art, Cowcross Gallery, London Live/Performance 2010 - Powwow, Jihlava Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic 2009 - New Visions, The Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival, Copenhagen 2009 - The Sheffield Pavilion, Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey Residencies 2010 - Abbarkadabra, Mardin Biennial, Mardin, Turkey 2010 - Tea, Tavla, and Tall Tails, Caravansari, Istanbul, Turkey 2008 - Artists residency, Platform Garanti, Istanbul, Turkey Public commissions 2007 - City of Peace, Peace Garden, Sheffield Corporate commissions 2002 - Mine, Cancer Research Center, Sheffield 2002 - Porpoise, One Aldwych Hotel, London 2002 - Where there is muck..., Gerald Eve, London 2001 - St Pauls Parade, Great Central Developments, sheffield 2000 - Oops, One Aldwych Hotel, London Competitions, prizes and awards 2008 - Time Space, Arts Council England, England 1999 - Artists Grant, Arts Council England, England