Mychael Barratt

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About Mychael Barratt

Mychael Barratt was born in Toronto, Canada and has been living and working in the UK since 1984. He is a painter and printmaker whose detailed work is often as narrative as it is visual and was the commissioned artist for the Globe Theatre throughout Mark Rylance’s reign as Artistic Director. His book Intaglio Printmaking was published by A & C Black in 2008 and in 2011 he was commissioned by the law firm T V Edwards to paint a large-scale, external mural on the side of their offices at 33 Mile End Road, London E1 near the site of the 2012 Olympics.

He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 2002 and at the AGM in 2013 was elected its President (PRE).

Education:

1980-82                   Symposium School of Art, Winnipeg, Canada

1982-84                   Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada

1989-90                   Central St. Martin’s School of Art, London, UK

Associations:

Elected Member of The Federation of Canadian Artists, (F.C.A.), 1998

Elected Member of The Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers, 1999

Made a Fellow of The Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers, (R.E.), 2002

Elected President of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, (R.E.) 2013

 

Artist’s Statement

Although I am not an illustrator and do not create artist’s books, my art is singularly linked to my bookshelves. A lifetime of scanning artist’s monographs and reading everything from pulp fiction to classics has invested my work with a vocabulary of half remembered impressions and brazenly pilfered imagery. Sometimes these borrowed images will register with the viewer with a curious sense of déjà vu and other times with a hearty laugh – either of these reactions are valid and welcome. Above all else my desire is to communicate my preoccupations and passions whilst never forsaking either my sense of humour or my technique.

 

Bibliography

Intaglio Printmaking: A guide to traditional printmaking techniques, by Mychael Barratt published by A & C Black, 2008

Encyclopedia of Printmaking Techniques, Judy Martin, Headline Publications, 1993

Images: The Annual of the Association of Illustrators, 1988

Awards

2006                Peter Blake Award, Originals ’06, The National Print Exhibition

2006                Ashmolean Museum Prize, work purchased for collection

2010                Paintings in Hospitals prize, RE Annual Exhibition

2011                Paintings in Hospitals prize, RE Annual Exhibition

Collections

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

The British Library, Map Collection, London

International Dispute Resolution Centre, Fleet Street, London

Commissions

Mile End Road Mural

In 2011 Mychael Barratt was commissioned to paint a major piece of public art in the Olympics Borough of Tower Hamlets. He painted an 8 x 10 metre mural on the side of a building on the Mile End Road, London E1. In a style reminiscent of his Life Imitating Art etchings he created a vista depicting important buildings from the Mile End and Whitechapel Roads and peopled the scene with famous and notable historical figures that have some connection with the area.

Film

Notes from the Underground

In the spring of 2013 Mychael completed work on Notes from the Underground, a four-plate etching

and relief print done in honour of the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. This piece combines a stylized map of the London Underground with 270 specific references to all of the stations. It was first shown with Brook Gallery at the London Original Print Fair but then at the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy.

Sanju Mathew has made a short film based on this print which you can see by entering ‘Mychael

Barratt’ into YouTube.

 

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