Ashleigh Bartlett (b.1984 Calgary CA) is a visual artist interested in theatricality, abstraction, feminism and the history of painting. She received a BFA from Alberta College of Art + Design (2006) and an MFA from the University of Guelph (2011). She has presented her work in group exhibitions across Canada at The Art Gallery of Calgary, The Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, and The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Recently, she exhibited in the Imago Mundi “Great and North,” exhibition (Venice, Italy), “Restructured,” at the Nave Gallery Annex, (Somerville, USA) and participated in the “Eastside International” artist residency (Los Angeles, USA).
Since 2015, Bartlett and Jessica Groome have maintained a long-distance practice rooted in friendship, which manifests their collaborative alter-ego CIRCLES & WIGS. Their work has been exhibited at the Kamloops Art Gallery (Kamloops CA), The Lily (Calgary CA) and FELT Galleri (Bergen NO).
Bartlett is the recipient of grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and SSHRC. Her work has been included in the collections of Global Affairs Canada, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Benneton Foundation and the Royal Bank of Canada. Bartlett was a finalist in the 16th annual RBC Painting Competition (2014) and she was awarded a Lieutenant Governor’s Emerging Artist Award (2016). She currently maintains a studio practice in Boston, USA.