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Brian Bartman

Kalamazoo, MI, United States

I enlisted in the Army in 2003. In 2004, I left for a 12+ month deployment to Iraq. Typically, we worked seven days a week in a country, where the painted landscape displayed various shades of brown. Triple-digit temperatures made daily life hard. With ordnance exploding all around us, the biggest take away was all about trusting the guy next to you. We discovered the importance of working as a team to survive. We needed each other to cope with stress and to manage our fears. After leaving the army, I rejoined the civilian world in construction. My wife and I enjoy our three dogs: Gus, Jaq (like the mice from Cinderella), and Roe—as in “Rules of Engagement.” As an artistic person, I constantly bounce between the left brain, in construction, and the right brain, in my love for art. But after combat duty, I struggled to express myself. My feelings about the world got locked up, making it difficult to deal with the anxiety. By turning to art, the dark emotions, churning inside me—the residual effects of war—finally found an outlet.

Brian's ArtPrize Entries

These are Brian's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

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    Tormented Souls

    2021 ArtPrize Entry Brian Bartman
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