Sports Artist Spotlight: John Bartlett
It was a couple of guys you may have heard of – Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo – that inspired Jonathan Bartlett in his efforts at becoming what he calls a “realistic painter.”
“I’ve always been in awe of how detailed their work was, especially considering they worked in the 15th century,” says Bartlett, who when not working on his art, is an elementary art teacher at P.S. 329 in Coney Island, N.Y.
He also gives a nod to LeRoy Neiman.
“I didn’t know sports art was a thing until I saw his work,” Bartlett says. “Without that, who knows if I would have become a sports artist?”
The majority of Bartlett’s art is made to order, but Covid-19 pushed him to online teaching. With a little more time on his hands, he began a series of Yankees legends paintings. “Once completed, I’m hoping to get the entire collection into a gallery.”
Bartlett hopes sports art fans and collectors see the realism in his works. “I try to make my paintings as realistic as possible and that means each piece takes days to weeks to complete,” he says. “I also try to tell a story in a lot of my works which I hope collectors can appreciate.”