“In creating my artwork, a gateway is opened to my inner world - a world of the subconscious. Images emerge, often symbolic or mythical in meaning and my stories are told.”
Award-winning English artist, Mitch Barrett has an impressive, personal approach towards painting and sculpture, one which is based on his long search in different artistic movements and ideas of the historical past as well as of the 20th century. The result is an elaborate concoction which has the figurative painting at its core, while he makes use of Abstract, Symbolic and Surreal elements that complement the central figures of the painting.
At the age of 16, Barrett had already sold his first Surrealist paintings. Later he would explore the subject of narcissism from his own perspective of art and his own experience for several years as an international fashion model. He trained at Stafford College of Art and Design, then studied Screenwriting and Directing at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design and attended the University of Television and Film in Munich, Germany.
In 2001 in Vienna he met Professor Ernst Fuchs, one of the founders of Fantastic Realism. Barrett studied and later assisted Fuchs in Austria and France. Fuchs was a pivotal figure in shaping Barrett's techniques and his philosophy as an artist.
The most fundamental aspect of Barrett’s artistic expression is the accurate depiction of the human figure, one which is influenced by the art of the old Masters, as he frequently uses techniques that have a reference to these historical eras of painting, like the traditional egg tempera. At the same time, the background of his paintings can be a simple monochromatic field, an elaborate pattern or objects and figures with mystical, symbolic meaning.
Mitch Barrett is currently writing a novel ‘Dangerous Dreams’. The story is about an artist confronting his alter ego. “It is also a study of my paintings that are relevant and closely connected to the story.”
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist