Isaacs Art Center

Charles Bartlett (1860-1941)

Charles William Bartlett (1860-1940), Born England/active Hawaiʻi Charles Bartlett was one of the most important artists working in Hawai'i during the first half of the twentieth century. Born in England in 1860, Bartlett entered the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1883. After three years of study, he entered the Academie Julian in Paris. In 1913, he traveled to Asia with his wife, visiting India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and China before arriving in Japan in 1915. Bartlett left Japan in 1917, on his way to England via Hawaii. He stopped in Honolulu and ended up settling there for the rest of his life. His paintings and woodblock prints were well received in Honolulu allowing Bartlett to become an important figure in the local art world. Bartlett held a number of one-man shows in Hawai'i and the U.S. mainland, and his paintings and prints were published in Paradise of the Pacific magazine. In 1933 he established the Honolulu Print Makers. A retrospective exhibition was mounted at the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 1939, and he passed away in April of 1940. In 2002 The Honolulu Academy of Arts published, A Printermaker in Paradise: The Art and Life of Charles W. Bartlett.