Rick Bartow was a contemporary Native American artist of many hats. Rick Bartow was born in Newport, Oregon in the year 1946. His father was of Wiyot ancestry. His father died when the artist was five years old.
Bartow represented a tribe that was indigenous to an area surrounding Humboldt, California. Bartow was a painter, printmaker, sculptor, and ceramics artist.
Bartow went to college at Western Oregon University where he studied secondary art education. After his collegiate career was over he was drafted into the United States Army and sent immediately to Vietnam.
Below a brief glimpse of Bartow painting in his studio!:
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The artist worked with many mediums including pastel, graphite, wood, and ceramics.
Rick Bartow passed away on April 2nd of 2016. The artist was 69 years of age.
Bartow is part of many prominent collections including the National Museum of the the Native American Indian located in Washington D.C. and the Brooklyn Museum located in Brooklyn, New York.
Below a great interview with the artist:
Bartow did a great job at creating images that resemble a shaman type person that was perhaps going through a transformation. Another artist who was very expressionist and abstract in his work was the great Fritz Scholder.