“Into The 21st Century” Art Exhibit by Heath Bartel


JUNE 8 – 24, 2012
A mosaic of landscapes and portraits by American artist HEATH BARTEL
Opening: Friday, June 8 at 7pm

Heath Bartel is a contemporary artist and art educator from the Buffalo area. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University at Buffalo, and has lectured at leading colleges and universities in New York State. He is the recipient of many awards and accreditations, and has served in the capacity of senior advisor and panelist for the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), among other art organizations. This is his first Canadian exhibition. Visit www.heathbartel.com

Artist statement: “My work is about the process and psychology of creating abstract landscapes relevant in the 21st century, thereby igniting the subconscious and engaging the imagination of the viewer. Technological breakthroughs, advanced photography, electron microscopes, telescopes, human anatomy, and underwater locations have all served as inspiration for my earlier work. Elements that bring comfort and recognition are also in my thoughts as I proceed to develop paintings such as S-curves, plants, earth, sunlight, and tactile textures. My recent work is somewhat more representational: the fascinating worlds of rain forests, volcanoes, and deep sea environments provide an abstraction entirely their own, requiring no dramatic alterations and, thus, giving the viewer a surreal glimpse into the natural world.”