richard bartleart


life, universe, everything

“Why should I want to make anything up? Life's bad enough as it is without wanting to invent any more of it.”

- Douglas Adams

Attributed to the character of Marvin, the paranoid android from the comedy sci-fi novel 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy', this quote always rang with some truth for me - the android does seem right! And, while i take some issue with the idea that life is fundementaly bad, life as it really is does seem to be quite 'enough' - because it is happy, and sad, and fun, and boring, etc, and there is lots and lots of it. And, that's not to say that the facts cannot be embellished, that a good story is not a subtile marriage of memories and imaginings, rather, that even the smallest moment, like having a nice cup of tea, can open up and define us and be the root of a deep and incredible narrative. You couldn't make it up!

My latest works, paintings if you please, are a personal return to this narrative. Looking backwards and forwards through ones memory banks in search of those uncanny moments. A return to texture and a tactile practice, a return to colour for colour's sake, to the very essence of the images inside me. These new works represent a deep shift in my own personal artistic journey towards that which I want to make, towards pleasure, and towards a more brighter world view.

I finish by saying that i believe life by its very nature is beautiful, even the most ugly things, ugly moments, can be incredibly enlightening and up lifting. As an artist i have often sought to dig deep to find that hope, this new work is no exception. Enjoy.

life, universe, everything


yurvarlak masada

big science, little shed

make mine a molotov

city of peace


oil paintings

burning parliament




sheffield sea life centre

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