Tar Paintings

19 Jan 2018 – 17 Feb 2018

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London, United Kingdom


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  • 38, 56, 73, 341, 476 (and on neary Upper Street 4, 19, 30, 43)
  • Angel, Highbury & Islington
  • Essex Road
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Tintype is pleased to present Eleanor Bartlett’s Tar Paintings, a solo-presentation of Bartlett’s recent works using tar as her primary medium.


Tar: road surfaces, roofs, waterproofing - extracted from the ground or industrially synthesised from coal, petroleum, peat, wood - hard-wearing, hard-working, toil, endurance, tactility, viscosity.

Painting with tar requires a sculptural approach, Bartlett primes the canvases with white metal paint, then applies the tar with trowel, sticks, knives, and her hands, using a spare palette of creams, blacks and browns.

Eleanor Bartlett’s work has a raw, visceral intensity. Her main impetus and driving force is to describe and resolve elemental form. 

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Michael Simpson

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Eleanor Bartlett


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