Bart (1931-2008)


Professor Bartolomeu dos Santos was a wonderfully creative printmaker and teacher of printmaking. Barto was born in Lisbon in 1931 and studied six years at the Escola Superior de Belas Artes in Lisbon (1950–1956). He then came to London for what was intended to be a short period of further study. He entered the UCL Slade School of Fine Art in 1956 where he was introduced to “the potentialities of aquatint, with its deep, profound blacks and beautiful half tones that Goya understood so well’. Over the next fifty years, there was not one year when he did not show work in an exhibition, and there were to be over a hundred one-man shows, not just in Britain or in Portugal, but all over Europe, the Americas and Asia. His highly skilled yet playful prints allow the appreciator to enter into the world of the liberated imagination.

Portuguese Men of War (1961)

Battle (1999)

close up of 'Library' (1991)


1 comment
  1. Anne Schultz said:

    Where can his prints be purchased or viewed? I am extremely interested in these.

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