Artists A-Z 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

 

Selected Exhibitions:                                          

 

1994                              Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge                                 Solo show

1995                              Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester                              Two person show

1996                              Chalk Farm Gallery, London                                                Solo show

1999-2012                    National Print Exhibition, Mall Gallery, London                 Group shows

2000                              No Day Without a Line, Bankside Gallery,                        Invited group

                                      London                                                                                    show

2001                              The Green Line, Gallery K, London; Nicosia,                     Invited group

                                      Cyprus; Athens, Greece                                                        shows

2001                              Gallery K, Hampstead, London                                          Solo show

2002                              Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds, UK                     Solo show

2002                              Gallery K, Nicosia, Cyprus                                                     Solo show

2004                              Under the Influence, Bankside Gallery, London

                                          and subsequent 6 gallery tour                                        Four person show

2005                              Brook Gallery, Budleigh Salterton, UK                                 Solo show

2005                              Gallery K, London                                                                  Solo show

2006                              Gallery K, Nicosia, Cyprus                                                     Solo show

2006                              Grapevine Gallery, Norwich, UK                                        Solo show

2007                              Iona House Gallery, Woodstock, UK                                   Solo show

2007                              Biscuit Factory, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK                        Solo show

2008                              Gallery K, London                                                                  Solo show

2008                              New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, UK                                   Solo show

2008                              The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London                        Invited artist

2009                              Iona House Gallery, Woodstock, UK                                   Solo show

2009                              Yard Gallery, Belfast, UK                                                       Solo show

2009                              Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, UK              Solo show

2009/10/11/12             The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London                        Selected artist

2010                              Iona House Gallery, Woodstock, UK                                   Solo show

2010                              Biscuit Factory, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK                        Solo show

2010                              Royal Academy Summer Exhibition                                    Group selected show

2011                              Twenty-Twenty Gallery, Much Wenlock, UK                     Solo show

2011                              Calder Gallery, Hebden Bridge, UK                                    Solo show

2011                              Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville, UK                                   Solo show

2011                              Bite, The National Print Exhibition                                       Juried selected show

2012                              Iona House Gallery, Woodstock, UK                                   Solo show

2013                              Pyramid Gallery, York, UK                                                     Solo show

2013                              Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville, UK                                   Solo show

 

 

 

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 the YouTube menu or by using the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAgVF6gc658#at=51

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The Canterbury Tales
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The Canterbury Tales
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Gormley's Dog
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Gormley's Dog
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Rousseaus Cat
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Rousseaus Cat
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Tracey Emin's Dog
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Tracey Emin's Dog
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A London Particular
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A London Particular
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Life Imitating Art VIII
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Life Imitating Art VIII
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Giacometti's Dog
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Giacometti's Dog
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Life Imitating Art VII
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Life Imitating Art VII
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Modigliani's Dog
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Modigliani's Dog
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Dancing Round The Maypole, Holywood
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Dancing Round The Maypole, Holywood
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We Three Kings
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We Three Kings
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I May Be Some Time
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I May Be Some Time
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Her Infinite Variety
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Her Infinite Variety
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His Captain's Heart
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His Captain's Heart
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Tough Act To Follow II
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Tough Act To Follow II
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Jack and the Beanstalk
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Jack and the Beanstalk
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Moth
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Moth
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Othello
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Othello
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Peaseblossom
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Peaseblossom
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Shylock
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Shylock
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Cleo,The Globe's Cat
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Cleo,The Globe's Cat
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Waterloo Sunset
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Waterloo Sunset
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Whirlwind Romance III
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Whirlwind Romance III
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Friends in High Places
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Friends in High Places
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Andy Warhols Dog
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Andy Warhols Dog
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Edward Hoppers Dog
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Edward Hoppers Dog
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Dalis Dog
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Dalis Dog
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The Reader
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The Reader
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Monopoly I
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Monopoly I
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Monoploy II
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Monoploy II
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All the World's a Stage II
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All the World's a Stage II
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Van Goghs Cat
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Van Goghs Cat
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Lost Magic Kingdoms
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Lost Magic Kingdoms
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Life Imitating Art X
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Life Imitating Art X
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Cole Porter's Dog I
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Cole Porter's Dog I
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Cole Porter's Dog II
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