Adrian Bartlett was born in London and studied at Camberwell School of Art. He was elected a member of the London Group in 1979 and became President in 1993. He established the printmaking studios at Morley College with the artist Birgit Skiold.
For a time he lived between the UK and Greece, exhibiting in both countries. In 1982 he published Drawing and Painting the Landscape (Phaidon Press), and in 1983 British Art in the Eighties (Bergren Press).