Object photography

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Object description

  • Rick Bartow (Mad River Band Wiyot and Yurok, birth 1946)
  • She Talks to Ghosts, 1989
  • Pastel, graphite, paper
  • Northern California, United States
  • H: 48 5/8 in, W: 35 5/8 in (H: 123.5 cm, W: 90.5 cm)
  • Gift in Honor of Susie Weld, 2008
  • E303646
  • Explores personal identity while referencing his culture’s metaphorc forms and images
  • British and Russian artists Francis Bacon and Marc Chagall are among Bartow’s influences

Rick Bartow is an expressionistic artist whose work often emphasizes connections between his past and present and between animal and spirit worlds. Here, the body of a human in conjoined with the head of a bird. Bartow's transformational images began to emerge in his work during a cathartic period in his life when he was getting sober.


Inscribed, UR in pastel '[artist signature] 89';


This drawing shows an abstracted figure which appears to have the body of a human with the head of a bird. The bird is looking at its human hands. On the wall in the background to the left, is a portrait of the head of a human, in blue.

Exhibition History

  • All of My Life, Contemporary Works by Native American Artists, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; August 05, 2005 through March 28, 2010


Froelick Gallery | Rick Bartow