Harley W. Bartlett was born in 1959 in Pennsylvania, as a young adult he studied at the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. As a professional artist, his representational style lends itself well to both mural and easel painting. He has exhibited widely throughout southern New England, including exhibitions at the Providence Art Club, the Bert Gallery in Providence, and in Massachusetts at the Francesa Anderson Gallery in Concord and the Granary Gallery of West Tisbury. Bartlett’s work is included in both private and corporate collections, and he was featured in American Artist magazine in 1992. His work can be seen in Rhode Island at Donovan Gallery in Tiverton and Sheldon Fine Art in Newport; in Massachusetts at Willoughby Fine Art on Martha’s Vineyard and the Powers Gallery in Acton.
Bartlett’s Easel paintings follow in the tradition of the late 19th and early 20th Century American landscape (costal) and figurative painters. His interest in Maritime Painting was fostered by his early involvement in racing Bluejays and Thistles on Long Island Sound and later Catboating on Narragansett Bay and around tile Islands, thus marine and coastal views are a natural subject. As well, like many young boys on the Bay he had a skiff and Quohogged, thus an interest in depicting people at work has also become material for some of his pictures.
As a freelance artist since 1986, he has painted murals for Evergreene Painting Studios, including the Lost City Project, BoPhuthatswana, Republic of South Africa. Bartlett has also painted several murals designed my Richard Haas, including Kansas City Federal Courthouse; Federal Regulatory Building in Washington, DC and five State Building Lobbies in Florida. Bartlett has contributed to numerous restoration projects for state capital and historical buildings including state Capital buildings of Michigan, Iowa, Tennessee, and Rhode Island; as well as the Cincinnati Historical Society; Iowa Historical Building and the Portland Historical Society. These are just a few of the over 200 projects to which Bartlett has applied his skills.
In 1995, Bartlett co-fOunded Thomas Street Studios Ltd., and is currently the sole proprietor of the mural and decorative painting studio in Cranston, RI. His murals may be found in many homes in New England and many commercial establishments (e.g. Restaurants, Hotels) throughout the United States. Locally, he also restored the artwork of many churches and most recently provided the new design and artwork to St. Rocco’s Church in Johnston, RI. In 2003 he designed and painted two 8’ x 30’ murals for the Masonic Temple in East, Providence, RI. that depict the building of Solomon’s Temple. His painted clouds grace the ceilings of state capitals in Rhode Island and Iowa and theaters in Ohio and the New Art Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Through Iris company he directs a team of fine artists, all of whom bring with them years of training and experience in many areas of specialty painting and restoration.
He lives with his wife and daughter in Pawtucket, RI and is currently the President of the Providence Art Club. Bartlett is also an Artist Member at the Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA.