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 Kate née Robinson, who married at Grimsby in 1919. He spent his childhood at Eastbourne, Sussex and was educated at Eastbourne Grammar School and studied at Eastbourne School of Art 1937-1940 and was as an outstanding student. Following his time in the Guards Armoured Division during the war, he gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Art where he trained as a painter and etcher. He married firstly in West Cheshire in 1947, Elizabeth, daughter of Ian Robertson. A full-time Lecturer in Drawing and Painting at Harrow School of Art 1960–1970 being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 1961 and a Fellow of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1970 and elected 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 and he loved the landscape of East Anglia where he lived and worked, the brackish meres, shingle banks and great skies were 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 liked 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 secondly 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 19 December 2014.

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