1921 - 2014

Charles Bartlett

As Harold Charles Bartlett, he was born at Grimsby, Lincolnshire on 23 September 1921, son of Charles Henry Bartlett and his wife Frances K. née Robinson, who married at Grimsby in 1919. He spent his childhood at Eastbourne, Sussex and educated at Eastbourne Grammar School and trained as a painter and etcher at Eastbourne School of Art 1937-1940. An outstanding student gaining a scholarship to the Royal College of Art where he trained as a painter and etcher which followed his time in the Guards Armoured Division during the war. A full-time Lecturer in Drawing and Painting at Harrow School of Art 19601970 being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 1961 and a Fellow of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1970, president 1987-1992. A founder member of the Suffolk Group he had a lifelong interest in the sea and coast which has motivated his work as a painter and printmaker. He loved the landscape of East Anglia where he lived and worked; the brackish meres, shingle banks and great skies are his inspiration. He walks the saltings and beaches with a sketch book, making notes and studies as a base for paintings which he will later work on in the studio. He likes to work on several paintings at once, putting much thought and time into planning, then starts to paint quickly, using lots of water and aiming to keep his work fresh. Charles has had twelve solo shows since 2000, most recently in October 2011 to celebrate his 90th birthday. He married at Ealing in 1971 Olwen E. Jones and they had one son and in 2012 lived at St Andrew's House, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex. He died on 23 December 2014.

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