2012-2013 Jonathan Vickers Residency, Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site
2009-2012 BA Fine Art Painting, Wimbledon College of Art
2007-2008 Foundation in Art and Design, University of Gloucestershire
Born Cheltenham, 1989. Lives and works in London.
He graduated from Wimbledon School of Art in 2012 with a First-Class Honours degree which was followed the same year by the Jonathan Vickers Residency in Derby, culminating in a solo exhibition at Derby Museum. In 2013 he was taken on The Fine Art Society Contemporary in New Bond Street, becoming the youngest artist in their history to have a solo exhibition, having now had three there - in 2014, in 2016 and in 2017. He has been a finalist in The Threadneedle Prize and the Royal Society of Oil Painters Prize in 2018 at the Mall Galleries, and The Signature Prize in 2015. He won the Landmark plc Fine Art Award in 2012. He was shortlisted by BEERS Gallery for their Contemporary Vision Prize.
Coming from a literary background, his work has been, thus far, inspired by literature - Beckett, T.S.Eliot. “King Lear” and Seamus Heaney - but has never been illustrative, using those writers and texts to develop his own visuals. He is a figurative, representational painter, in oils, placing figures in rarely comforting backgrounds, isolating them in fields of vivid colour and yet there is nothing bleak about his work: if it is at times discomforting it is never cruel and there is a generosity of technique and palette that makes even his largest works accessible. There is tantalising promise in where this young artist might now go: there is a sense that he might be moving away from his literary roots into more independent responses to the images and ideas that he sees and senses so vividly.
Bartholomew’s work embodies a conflict between the considered specifics of poetry and the unpredictability of paint. There is a point when the paint takes over, and each subsequent addition or subtraction lies as evidence of a poetic narrative. A lone figure embodies an unfinished story against a background that is absent. What keeps arising is that solitary being, not a plain character, but more an illustration of mood.
I Have No Ghosts
Oil on canvas SOLD