Ashleigh Bartlett

Ashleigh Bartlett
Ashleigh Bartlett
Ashleigh Bartlett


Ashleigh Bartlett received her BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design and in 2011 her MFA from the University of Guelph.  Her paintings have been included in various solo and group exhibitions across Canada, including “The 5th KWAG Biennial”, “Made in Alberta” Art Gallery of Calgary, “Voices of Fire, towards a post Postmodern Theory of Abtsraction” at Galerie SAS in Montreal, and “Sincerely Yours: Authenticty in Contemporary Art” at the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts in Toronto.  Bartlett is the recipient of various awards including grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and SSHRC.  She currently teaches painting at the Alberta College of Art and Design.

In Spring 2013 Bartlett attended the Konstepidemin Residency in Gothenburg, Sweden, where she investigated her fascination with found materials and fabrics, created small scale installations that inform a series of drawings, collage, and small works on paper.


Artist Statement

My interest in disguise, theatricality, and anthropomorphism has prompted an amplification of an exaggerated and imaginative element into my art practice. Likewise, my investigation into abstraction maintains an interest in questions that arise from the historical trajectory of painting. My work is informed by various visual tropes rooted in pop culture and the history of painting (references ranging from the Ice Capades to Matisse). Infused with synthetic colours, cartoon references and an exaggerated materiality, my work presents a playful exploration into the vocabulary of abstraction.

Cut up, folded in, curled under and pinned, each piece exudes a posture. The paintings are cut into thin shards to disrupt the surface and to alter their malleable form. I consider the gravitational shift in space against the flatness of the image. I aim to create spaces that are inviting and form spaces that feel impenetrable. A stripe can allude to movement, a blob can create a sense of gravity. I name the shapes as a way of giving the paintings characters, attitudes and personalities.

Engaged with a process-oriented method of working, my drawings and collage cut outs operate as characters, props and stand-ins, informing the initial stages of my paintings. The works are displayed as a group to create a conversation between characters, further echoing a personified abstraction.

Ashleigh Bartlett News

Ashleigh Bartlett wins the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Emerging Arts Award


Ashleigh Bartlett at Howard Park Institute

Ashleigh Bartlett is showing new cut-out collage work at Howard Park Institute


Bartlett in 2015 Alberta Biennial

Ashleigh Bartlett is one of the 42 artists included in “Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art”


Bartlett Shortlisted for RBC

Ashleigh Bartlett has been shortlisted for the 16th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition


Sizzling Summer Soiree Pics

View party pics from our Summer Sizzling Soiree 2013


Ashleigh Bartlett in Calgary Collects

Ashleigh Bartlett chosen to be part of Calgary Collects December 2012



2011 Master of Fine Arts, School of Fine Art and Music, University of Guelph ON
2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary AB

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Circles and Wigs (with Jessica Groome) Howard Park Institute, Toronto
2014 Pinwheel, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary
2014 Summer Friends Gang XXL, Sled Island Visual Arts, Calgary
2013 Caped and Bound, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON
2013  Found and Stretched and Pinned and, Grindstugan Studio, Konstepidemin, Gothenburg, Sweden
2012 Skipping Stones, Michael Gibson Gallery, London ON
2011 Something Like Gravity, Skew Gallery, Calgary AB
2011 Oh! Kangaroos, Sequins, Chocolate Sodas! Zavitz Gallery, Guelph ON

Group Exhibitions

2015 Both One and Another, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT
2015 Summer Group, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, AB
2015 Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, Enterprise Square Galleries, Edmonton
2014 RBC Painting Competition, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal
2014 Shared Vibrations: BYOB III, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, Curated by Justin Waddell
2014 Art and Value II, Michael Gibson Gallery, London ON
2013 Made in Alberta: Part IV, The Art Gallery of Calgary, Curated by Kayleigh Hall, Calgary, AB
2013 Art and Value, Michael Gibson Gallery, London ON
2012 Sincerely Yours, Propeller Centre for The Visual Arts, Curated by John Kissick, Toronto ON
2012 ACAD Faculty Exhibition, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Curated by Tatiana Mellema, Calgary AB
2012 Masterpiece Contemporary, Auction, The Art Gallery of Calgary, Curated by Anne Ewen, Calgary AB
2011 The Black and The White: An Allegory of Colour, The 5th KWAG Biennial, Curated by Robert Enright
Kitchener Waterloo Gallery, Kitchener ON
2011 Chalk and Butter, Diaz Contemporary Gallery, Toronto ON
2011 Voices of Fire: towards a post Postmodern theory of abstraction, Curated by Benjamin Klein, Galerie SAS, Montreal QC
2011 The Friendship Room, Zavitz Gallery, Guelph ON
2011 If Not the Ocean, Then the Sound, ED Video Media Arts Centre, Guelph ON


2015 “Two Things: Ashleigh Bartlett and Jessica Groome”, ArtMetropole Blog, May 24
2014 “Visual Art at Sled Island” Andrea Williamson. Akimblog. (online review)
2013 “Lightening Up” Border Crossings, BorderViews, Robert Enright. P19-20 Issue 128.
2012 London Free Press, Belanger, Joe, “Pair of painters primed for success” (review), London, July 5.
2011 Border Crossings, Issue No 119. Skeene, Cameron, “Voices of Fire: toward a post Postmodern theory of Abstraction” pp.144 (review)
2011 Fast Forward Weekly Vol.17 No.1: Visual Arts, Baxter, Meaghan, “A Trio of Solo Shows” (review) pp.27. Calgary. December 8
2011 Border Crossings, Issue No 119. Skeene, Cameron, “Voices of Fire: toward a post Postmodern theory of Abstraction” pp.144 (review)
2011 Bethune-Leamen Katie. “Chalk and Butter” Diaz Contemporary Gallery, pp.4 Exhibition Catalogue.
2011 Canadian Art, Balzer, David, “KWAG Biennial: Monochrome Mavericks” (online article) June 9
2011 La Gazette, Pohl, John, “At Gallerie SAS” (review) Montreal. April 1
2011 Le Devoir, Delgado, Jérôme, “Peintures Enflemmes” (review) Montreal. April 1


2014 The Sixteenth Annual Royal Bank of Canada Painting Competition, Finalist
2012 The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Visual Arts and New Media Project Grant
2010 Social Sciences and Humanities Council, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Award
2009/10 College of Art’s Dean’s Graduate Award
2009 Board of Graduate Studies Research Award

Professional Experience

2012-14 Sessional Instructor in Painting, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary AB
2012-11 Sessional Instructor in Painting and First Year Studies, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary AB

Lectures / Research

2013 Self-Directed Visual Arts Residency, Konstepidemin, Gothenburg, Sweden
2013 “Forms of Abstraction” Panel Discussion, (Wil Murray, Mark Dicey, Randy Niessen, Moderated by Mark Mullin) Art Gallery of Calgary, April 25
2012 Artist Talk, Faculty Lunch Time Talk Series, (Organized by Tatiana Mellema) Illingworth
Kerr Gallery, ACAD, November 28


Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Heritage Property Corporation, Calgary, AB
The Lougheed Building

Ashleigh Bartlett

April 6 - April 29 - 2017

Upcoming April exhibition featuring new abstract paintings by Ashleigh Bartlett.


The School Show

September 4 - September 26 - 2015


Art Toronto 2014

October 24 - October 27 - 2014


Ashleigh Bartlett “Caped & Bound”

July 5 - August 2 - 2013


Ashleigh Bartlett “Skipping Stones”

July 6 - July 28 - 2012


Sizzling Summer Soiree 2012

Michael Gibson Gallery video of our July 2012 Sizzling Summer Soiree Party.

This video features the work of Calgary painter Ashleigh Bartlett and Winnipeg painter Derek Dunlop.  The video was taken at our Summer Sizzling Soiree and captures the energy of the summer evening.

Ashleigh Bartlett at Kitchener-Waterloo Biennial 2011

Ashleigh Bartlett is interviewed at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery 5th Biennial in 2011.