Born in Riverside, California, Bart Lindstrom was raised to appreciate the outdoors and art. Although he loved to paint, his father counseled him to study business. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in business marketing, he started to work in an advertising firm, but not in the creative department located across the hall.
Realizing that this was not at all what he loved to do and with additional studies at the Art Center in Pasadena, he started to frame paintings for friends and others and paint a little on his own. After moving to Texas and selling limited editions of his watercolors, the work of Mr. Lindstrom started to take off. Later on in his career, and after moving to Chattanooga, in part for his deaf son Todd, he started to do more and more oil paintings and portraits, which is currently his primary medium.
Along the way, Bart, has taught graduate art at the University of Texas, lectured and demonstrated with Daniel Greene and Nelson Shanks at the American Society of Portrait Artists Portrait Art Festival, taught at John Howard Sanden’s Master class at the Art Student’s League in New York City, and at the National Portrait Seminar. He is a nationally recognized artist, conference speaker, former board member of the American Society of Portrait Artists, and cofounder of the Portrait Society of America.
His paintings hang in State capitals and Federal courtrooms. Among his prominent collectors are: United States senators William Armstrong and Jesse Helms, Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter, Roots author, Alex Haley, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pro-golfer Nancy Lopez, Vice-president Dan Quayle, and Secretary of State, General Colin Powell.
Mr. Lindstrom’s oeuvres are also in many private and corporate collections, and he has exhibited in solo and group shows in galleries and museums across the United States and Canada. His work has appeared in various publications, including Southwest Art, Prints Magazine, Art Voice/South, American Artist magazine, and International Artist magazine. He was also a featured author in the Spring 2008 Folio publication of the Portrait Society of Atlanta (click to read article).
A feature article in Southwest Art magazine stated: “Bart Lindstrom is an artist who exhibits a rare quality in revealing the inner essence of his subjects. He seems to have exploited the medium to its utmost possibilities.”