Rick Bartow

Artist-Upset Self

About the Artist

It is with a great sense of loss and sadness that we must report Rick Bartow's passing on April 2, 2016. He died peacefully, at his home, surrounded by family and friends. Bartow was a singular, clear, strong, and accomplished voice in the contemporary art world and will be missed for his passion, vitality and artistic vision.

This August in celebration of Rick Bartow, Chiaroscuro will present a solo show launching concurrently in Santa Fe, with the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts' show, "Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain—A Retrospective Exhibition."

Rick Bartow's tribal affiliation and heritage is Wiyot of Northern California. Personal experiences, cultural engagement and global myths, especially Native American transformation stories, are the heart of his art. Animals and self-portraits populate his iconography, and he is known for astute interpretations of literary, musical and visual sources.

Rick Bartow's honors include:"We Were Always Here", a large scale sculpture commissioned by The Smithsonian/National Museum of the American Indian, which sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.; "Dog's Journey: A 20 Year Survey", at The A.D. Gallery, University of North Carolina, Pembroke, and Missoula Art Museum, (2011-2012); a bronze sculpture purchased by TriMet, located on Portland's transit mall; a mid-career perspective and monograph "My Eye", organized by the Hallie Ford Museum (2002-04); "Continuum", at The Smithsonian/ NMAI (2003); and The Eiteljorg Museum Fellowship for Native American Fine Art, Indianapolis (2001).
Artist-Upset Self
Sie with Orange Hand
Crow Love Death
Guardian Angel
Fur Frida
Sending a Bear
Green Crow Hop Pow Wow
Indians 3
Big Crow
Falcon with Sun and Moon
Hawk and Red Gesture
Big Maske
Sing Canary
Wandering Through My Mind
Crow Thursday
Looking Crow
Crow in Whirlwind
3 Views of Crow
Dance Bear Mask
Big Foot II