Mike Bartlett studied at Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal College of Art.
As a Lecturer in Fine Art at Exeter College of Art he became interested in kinetic art and time-based media, exhibiting at the first Kinetic Art and Concrete Poetry International and introducing video to the Fine Art course.
Later he chaired Media Arts at the University of Plymouth, followed by a period with the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education which entailed numerous visits to monitor art, design, media and architecture courses in university departments as well chairing visits in other subjects.
He has worked in a variety of media including stained glass, and was represented ( Between Darkness and Light ) in the Arts Council UK touring exhibition Modern Stained Glass. You can see an early commission in Exeter.
He also collaborated with Ian Hamilton Finlay, executing his first glass poem: Happy Apple Pip from the Rapel collection of poems.
Related to his long interest in horses was a time as an equestrian photographer with work published in the Horse and Hound magazine.
He has exhibited in group shows including at the Bear Lane Gallery Birmingham and Laing Art Gallery Newcastle.
He is represented in a number of private collections, including those of Peter de Francia, Christopher Cornford, Joseph Rykvert and Hans and Elsbeth Judah, and has had a number of one man shows.
He currently lives in Devon