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Museum Lookalikes 2

Shane Richey Digital Media Manager

Shane Richey
Digital Media Manager

Continuing in the theme of Museum Lookalikes:  sometimes we find that staff members or volunteers eerily resemble people in the artworks in Crystal Bridges’ collection.  Take, for example, our Digital Media Manager, Shane Richey:

He looks like a nice enough guy here (and he is).

But put him in an apron and a flannel shirt: it’s a whole different ball game:

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Remind you of anything?

Yup. Shane bears more than a passing resemblance to the rather aggressive figure in Bo Bartlett’s painting The Lobster Wars.

I had the privilege of interviewing Bartlett some time ago, and learned a little bit about the story behind the subject of this particular artwork in Crystal Bridges’ collection:

Bo Bartlett (b. 1955) The Lobster Wars 2007 Oil on linen

Bo Bartlett (b. 1955)
The Lobster Wars
Oil on linen

Bo Bartlett:  I was up in Maine and I would look out on the lobster boats, and that one boat with the skull and crossbones was intriguing.  Ronnie Ames, who is the lobsterman who owned it, was known as the most notorious lobsterman… he was sort of the godfather of lobstermen up and down the Maine coast.   I’d say I asked him for four or more years to pose for me, not really realizing when I first started asking how notorious he was or how well-known he was for being the roughest lobsterman. I asked him to pose and he would say “Oh yeah, I’ll get around to that,” and then just not ever do it. Then–I guess it was probably four years later, when I was leaving the island for the season–I was coming across in my little, tiny rowboat and he saw me coming and he said “All right, boy, I’m ready to pose!” And he had a bottle of vodka in his hand.  And so we sat over there and he started posing for the first time. And he filed up this big Big Gulp plastic cup of vodka for me to drink as I drew– and the drawing looked nothing like him because I don’t drink that much.  I did this really wild drawing of him. But the ice was broken at that point; so the next year when I came back he started posing for me.  And then it took another few years to get around to figuring out how I would pose him in the boat and what it would look like exactly. It was a four-year process from the time I got the idea to the time I finished the painting. We became really close friends, and he was sort of a protectorate as well, because no one wanted to mess with us if they knew we were friends with Ronnie.

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