Early Work

RECORDING BIRMINGHAMS’S URBAN AND INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE, AND INSPIRED BY THE SUBLIME

Birmingham & Fazeley CanalLockgate. 1968. Scraperboard. 21x29cm
Birmingham & Fazeley Canal Lockgate. 1968.
Oil Painting of francis sir chichester rounind cape horn in gypsey moth
Rounding Cape Horn – inspired by Francis Chichester. 1967. Gouache 30x45cm

‘Rounding The Horn’ was the first painting I ever exhibited, back in 1969 at the RBSA Gallery in Birmingham. I can’t quite believe that was 52 years ago. It was inspired by Sir Francis Chichester’s single-handed circumnavigation of the world, in nine months and one day: 1966-67.

“David R Bartlett’s gouache, ‘Rounding Cape Horn’, is small in size but is mighty in its conception of elemental forces at work”

L.B.D.
Birmingham Post & Mail Review of: Spring Exhibition of Watercolours and Craftwork 1969