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Rick Bartow loved painting dogs because they are always doing something they shouldn't

Rick Bartow loved painting dogs because they are always doing something they shouldn't

Rusty Tore Up That Chair, 2015 acrylic on panel 24 x 18 inches

Rusty Tore Up That Chair, 2015
acrylic on panel
24 x 18 inches

Old Dog, 2015 acrylic on canvas 36 x 48 inches

Old Dog, 2015
acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 inches

Dog Dance, 2015 acrylic on panel 24 x 18 inches

Dog Dance, 2015
acrylic on panel
24 x 18 inches

Wet Dog, 2013 acrylic on canvas 36 x 48 inches

Wet Dog, 2013
acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 inches

Dog Barking at Nothing at All, 2011 acrylic on panel 16 x 12 inches

Dog Barking at Nothing at All, 2011
acrylic on panel
16 x 12 inches

Man Acting Like Dog, 2009 wood, metal, graphite 24 x 12 x 24 inches ALL PAINTING COURTESY OF THE FROELICK GALLERY

Man Acting Like Dog, 2009
wood, metal, graphite
24 x 12 x 24 inches

ALL PAINTING COURTESY OF THE FROELICK GALLERY


I had a run in Portland the other day and came across these amazing paintings that, of course, had dogs in them. I made my way into in the Froelick Gallery to find out about the artist Rick Bartow and learned that he had passed away last April.  When I asked the gallery about the dogs in his work this is what I found out, "Rick said when he didn’t have an idea of what to paint or draw he would look to a dog for inspiration - they were always doing something they “shouldn’t”." Of course they were, as they always do.

More about the show, "transformation, bold gesture and articulate line are only three elements to consider in Rick Bartow's art. His passion was working in the studio and engaging with the long history of visual artists. Prolific, experimental and committed to making marks, he left behind a striking body of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture."

Enjoy these marvelous works and experience them in Portland at the Froelick Gallery on NW Davis Street in Portland, OR until October 1, 2016.

Large or small, sad or glad, Richard Phibbs captures these beautiful creatures that all need a home in a book entitled RESCUE ME

Large or small, sad or glad, Richard Phibbs captures these beautiful creatures that all need a home in a book entitled RESCUE ME

Purely Patricia knocks Mrs. Sizzle's socks off this Fashion Week

Purely Patricia knocks Mrs. Sizzle's socks off this Fashion Week