American and Wiyot, 1946-2016
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Bartow is a member of the Wiyot tribe from Northwestern California. Widely collected in the Northwest over the course of his forty-year career, Bartow has attracted national attention and support in the past decade including a commissioned sculpture for the Smithsonian/National Museum of the American Indian. A wide range of cultural experiences inspire Rick Bartow's drawings, paintings, sculpture, and prints. Native American transformation myths are the heart of much of his work. Bartow lives and works on the Oregon coast, where he observes hawk, raven, and eagle—the subjects that populate his artwork.