Following a BA in Fine Art at Portsmouth, Brian was awarded a travel scholarship to the USA, where he gained his Masters Degree at the University of Eastern Illinois. On his return to England, he decided to settle down in London, where he began painting and frequently exhibiting his artwork. Bartlett's work is recognisable for it's vibrancy, sense of optimism and strong comp...osition. Bartlett says "I start a painting by applying paint at random. Initially the painting itself dictates its own direction, until form is found and a painting is ‘born’, often, but not always, of an image remembered, it might be a landscape, an interior or a still-life. As I paint, I try to reduce and simplify the image to capture and convey the mood or atmosphere it created. My paintings are very much influenced and affected by my love of painting, particularly Post War British and American Abstraction. "
The vigorous compositions of colour and light, create a very real sense of space in Bartlett's practice, and his paintings are both decorative and sensual. Colours seem to glow and sing with a vibrancy and sensuality, that become expressions of the joy of life. The artists work can be interpreted as a celebration of colour and form.
Today the artist lives and works in Kent, by the coast.
As well as exhibiting in London, Bartlett's work has been displayed in several countries, including New Zealand to the U.S.A.