Richard Bartle

Artist, Maker, Arts administrator

Richard Bartle's practice combines sculpture, collage, painting, video and installation to reflect upon the contradictions of the modern condition, often focusing on faith, politics, economics and social activity and referencing the ideas within philosophy, religion and pop culture. Bartle says about his work: 'I have always sought to observe the fundamental driving forces behind society and its ideas of political, economic, and philosophical progress. In my work I attempt to identify and examine ideas of progress; exposing the tension that exists between Utopian ideals of civilisation; the ethics of modern society; and the basic human drives of survival, procreation, and spiritual need'. Bartle graduated from Bretton Hall College with a First degree BA (hons) in Fine Art in 1997 and completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University in 2004. Since then he has been living and working as an artist in his home city of Sheffield where he founded and currently manages Bloc Studios, and was formerly director of Bloc Projects and co-director of Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum. He has exhibited widely in the UK and Europe. Many of the artist's works exist in both private and public collections including Goldman Sachs Bank and One Aldwych Hotel in London. read full statement

Location Sheffield, Yorkshire
Activities Residencies, Private commissions
Website http://www.richardbartle.co.uk