RICK BARTOW (1946 - 2016)
Animal Spirits
June 5 - 29
Reception: First Friday, June 7th, 5:30-7:30 pm

Eugene Weekly: Rick Bartow, Animal Spirits
Karin Clarke Gallery        760 Willamette St. Eugene, OR. 97401         541.684.7963         kclarkegallery@mindspring.com

Rick Bartow was born in Newport, Oregon, in 1946. He was a member of the Wiyot tribe of Northern California and he was considered one of the nation’s most prominent contemporary Native American artist. 

His work is permanently held in more than 60 public institutions in the U.S., including Yale University Art Gallery in Connecticut; Brooklyn Museum in New York; and Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts. He has had 35 solo museum exhibitions and his art has been referenced in over 250 books, catalogs and articles.

In 2012, commissioned by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, Bartow created "We Were Always Here," a monumental pair of sculptures, more than 20 feet high, which was installed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

In 2015, a 40-year retrospective of Bartow’s work was mounted at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, entitled Things You Know but Cannot Explain which is now traveling to museums around the United States. 

This exhibit at Karin Clarke Gallery will consist of 25 works on paper, ranging from small etchings to large, colorful monotypes, mostly featuring animal imagery, all freshly framed just for this showing.  

The exhibit will be celebrated by an art reception during First Friday ArtWalk, June 7th, from 5:30-7:30 pm. 

Works courtesy of Froelick Gallery, Portland

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For Frank LaPena, monotype, 2002, 30 x 22 inches AT GALLERY
Karasu on a Rock, drypoint etching, 1998, 12.75 x 10 inches AT GALLERY
Tiny Hawk, drypoint etching on handmade Japanese paper, 2000, 10 x 13 inches
Crazy Raven, drypoint etching, 2003, 8.25 x 10.5 inches
He Will Say He Knows Nothing, drypoint etching, 2003, 9.5 x 7 inches
For Klimt
Sparrow Study II, Drypoint etching, 4/16, 2008