Paul Bartlett, SWLA is a self-taught artist with a PhD in animal behaviour. Paul Bartlett was an elected member of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) and won “Artist of the Year” in 2006 and the Langford Press award in 2012 at their annual exhibition at London’s Mall Galleries.
He has twice been a category winner and overall runner-up in the David Shepherd “Wildlife Artist of the Year” competition in 2009 and 2010 and winner of the ‘British Birds’ category for the “BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year” in 2009. His work has featured in numerous art publications and books.
Variety and experimentation are the main emphases of Paul Bartlett's approach to his art. He seeks to continually strive to find innovative techniques and styles in which to depict his subjects whilst retaining an element of authenticity. In 2003 he developed a unique approach to painting watercolours whereby the surface of the paper is ripped to achieve texture and tonal contrast. More recently it is his collage and mixed media works for which he is best known, and which have gained him critical acclaim and awards.
He has also developed his technique further by using papier-mâché to create semi-sculptural pieces. Paul Bartlett has held major solo exhibitions throughout the UK and regularly contributes to exhibitions at the Mall Galleries in London. He has also exhibited in the US, France, and Poland.
Painting for a living allows Paul Bartlett the time and opportunity to enjoy his passion for nature and the outdoors. His other pastimes include climbing mountains and kayaking. He lives in St Andrews with his partner and their three children.