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b. 1946 - d. 2016

Richard Elmer "Rick" Bartow (December 16, 1946 – April 2, 2016) was a Native American artist and a member of the Mad River Band of Wiyot Indians, a small tribe indigenous to Humboldt County, California. He primarily created pastel, graphite, and mixed media drawings, wood sculpture, acrylic paintings, drypoint etchings, monotypes, and a small number of ceramic works.

Early life: Richard Elmer Bartow was born in Newport, Oregon on December 16, 1946 to Mabel and Richard Bartow. His father's family was of Wiyot heritage. In Oregon, the family developed close ties with the local Siletz Indian community. When Rick was five, his father died. His non-Indian mother then married Andrew Mekemson, whom Bartow considered to be a beloved second father. He became interested in art at an early age, encouraged by his aunt Amy Bartow, who was studying art and art education at the University of Washington. His love for art continued through high school and extended to music when he took up the guitar and bongos.

Personal life: Bartow attended Western Oregon University and graduated in 1969 with a degree in secondary art education. In 1969, he was drafted into the army and sent to Vietnam. He served in the Vietnam war from 1969 to 1971 as a teletype operator and as a musician in a military hospital, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star.

Death: Rick Bartow died on April 2, 2016 at the age of 69, of congestive heart failure

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      • A Rick Bartow etching, 'Three Views of Hawk'
        Aug. 30, 2023

        A Rick Bartow etching, 'Three Views of Hawk'

        Est: $500 - $800

        Rick Bartow Wiyot, (1946-2016), 'Three Views of Hawk,' drypoint etching on kakishibu kozo paper under Plexiglas, edition 2 of 16, signed lower right, numbered lower left. paper: height 15 1/2in, width 11 1/2in

        Bonhams
      • A Rick Bartow monotype, 2006
        Aug. 30, 2023

        A Rick Bartow monotype, 2006

        Est: $700 - $1,000

        Rick Bartow Wiyot, (1946-2016), untitled, 2006, monoprint and mixed media on paper under glass, signed and dated lower right, with additional numerical notation lower right: 1 (within a circle) / 24, blind stamped lower left. paper: height 30in, width 22in

        Bonhams
      • A Rick Bartow painting, 'What the Crow Said,' 2015
        Aug. 30, 2023

        A Rick Bartow painting, 'What the Crow Said,' 2015

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        Rick Bartow Wiyot, (1946-2016), 'What the Crow Said,' 2015, acrylic on panel, signed and dated lower left, titled verso, unframed. height 20in, width 16in

        Bonhams
      • A Rick Bartow painting, 'Little Kestrel Leaning Right,' 2009
        Aug. 30, 2023

        A Rick Bartow painting, 'Little Kestrel Leaning Right,' 2009

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        Rick Bartow Wiyot, (1946-2016), 'Little Kestrel Leaning Right,' 2009, gouache, tempera and watercolor on panel framed under Plexiglas, signed and dated lower center. panel: height 10in, width 8in

        Bonhams
      • A Rick Bartow painting, 'Segyp 7,' 2002
        Aug. 30, 2023

        A Rick Bartow painting, 'Segyp 7,' 2002

        Est: $1,500 - $2,000

        Rick Bartow Wiyot, (1946-2016), 'Segyp 7,' 2002, acrylic on unframed canvas, signed and dated lower right, titled on the side of the canvas. height 20in, width 16in

        Bonhams
      • RICK BARTOW GRAPHITE AND GOUACHE ON PAPER
        Sep. 20, 2021

        RICK BARTOW GRAPHITE AND GOUACHE ON PAPER

        Est: $200 - $300

        RICK BARTOW (Oregon, 1946-2016) graphite and gouache on paper, "Clam Shovel." Signed lower right and dated 1991. Paper label attached verso from the Jamison Thomas Gallery, Portland, Oregon. Paper measures 14" x 17". In a wood frame; 16.5" x 19.5" overall.

        O'Gallerie
      • RICK BARTOW SCULPTURE (Oregon, 1946-2016) "Leg," c
        Feb. 20, 2017

        RICK BARTOW SCULPTURE (Oregon, 1946-2016) "Leg," c

        Est: $100 - $150

        RICK BARTOW SCULPTURE (Oregon, 1946-2016) "Leg," carved wood with iron straps, nails and iron base. Unsigned. 25" x 24" x 9" including the base. From the Collection of Kevin McGee and Gary Moe, for the benefit of the Portland Art Museum.

        O'Gallerie
      • Rick Bartow (American, 1946-2016) Two Works
        Apr. 30, 2016

        Rick Bartow (American, 1946-2016) Two Works

        Est: $200 - $300

        Rick Bartow (American, 1946-2016) Two Works: 1) "Crow Dance", 1988, color lithograph, from an edition of 100, signed, titled, numbered and dated. Size: 30" x 22", 76 x 56 cm (sheet); 2) "Segyp Kas'ket Suit Taup", 1997, color lithograph, from an edition of 100, signed, titled, numbered and dated. Size: 20.75" x 28.75", 53 x 73 cm (sheet). Rick Bartow is a member of the Wiyot tribe of Northern California.

        Material Culture
      • Rick Bartow lithograph
        Mar. 19, 2016

        Rick Bartow lithograph

        Est: $150 - $250

        Rick Bartow (American 1946- )- ''Watcher I''- lithograph, 1989, signed, dated, titled and numbered 14/40 in pencil, very good condition. 29 3/4 x 21 1/2''

        Rachel Davis Fine Arts
      • Rick Bartow lithograph
        Mar. 19, 2016

        Rick Bartow lithograph

        Est: $200 - $400

        Rick Bartow (American 1946- )- ''Crow Dance''- lithograph in colors, 1988, signed, dated, titled and numbered 14/100 in pencil, very good condition. 29 3/4 x 21 1/2''

        Rachel Davis Fine Arts
      • RICK BARTOW (1946-?, OR) ACRYLIC ON BOARD - Attributed per consignor. Unsigned painting depicting a man with hair feather. Condition...
        Oct. 09, 2011

        RICK BARTOW (1946-?, OR) ACRYLIC ON BOARD - Attributed per consignor. Unsigned painting depicting a man with hair feather. Condition...

        Est: $75 - $250

        RICK BARTOW (1946-?, OR) ACRYLIC ON BOARD - Attributed per consignor. Unsigned painting depicting a man with hair feather. Condition good, paint loss on lower left corner. 12" x 12" unframed.

        Pacific Galleries
      • RICK BARTOW (1946- , Oregon) MIXED-MEDIA ON PAPER - Signed charcoal, pencil and pastel on paper titled "Raven--Qua Digs Ault" - A ga...
        Mar. 14, 2011

        RICK BARTOW (1946- , Oregon) MIXED-MEDIA ON PAPER - Signed charcoal, pencil and pastel on paper titled "Raven--Qua Digs Ault" - A ga...

        Est: $400 - $800

        RICK BARTOW (1946- , Oregon) MIXED-MEDIA ON PAPER - Signed charcoal, pencil and pastel on paper titled "Raven--Qua Digs Ault" - A gallery label on the reverse notes "Created especially for the Squaxin Island Museum Project" (Washington) - Bartow has exhibited at the National Museum of the American Indian, among other venues - Condition good - Dated 1991 - 41" x 32.5" framed

        Pacific Galleries
      • Rick Bartow (American, b. 1946) Figure. Signed and dated "R E Bartow/84" l.c. Pastel on paper, 22 1/4 x 17 5/8 in., framed. Condition:
        Jan. 20, 2011

        Rick Bartow (American, b. 1946) Figure. Signed and dated "R E Bartow/84" l.c. Pastel on paper, 22 1/4 x 17 5/8 in., framed. Condition:

        Est: $200 - $300

        Rick Bartow (American, b. 1946) Figure. Signed and dated "R E Bartow/84" l.c. Pastel on paper, 22 1/4 x 17 5/8 in., framed. Condition: Toning, not examined out of frame.

        Skinner
      • Rick Bartow (American, b. 1946) Figure. Signed and dated "R E Bartow/84" l.c. Pastel on paper, 22 1/4 x 17 5/8 in., framed. Conditio...
        Nov. 10, 2010

        Rick Bartow (American, b. 1946) Figure. Signed and dated "R E Bartow/84" l.c. Pastel on paper, 22 1/4 x 17 5/8 in., framed. Conditio...

        Est: $400 - $600

        Rick Bartow (American, b. 1946) Figure. Signed and dated "R E Bartow/84" l.c. Pastel on paper, 22 1/4 x 17 5/8 in., framed. Condition: Toning, not examined out of frame.

        Skinner
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