Mychael Barratt was born in Toronto, Canada, however, considers himself to be a Londoner since arriving for what was supposed to be a two-week stay thirty years ago. He is a painter and printmaker who takes his inspiration from a range of sources, including fairy tales, maps and popular culture. The artist is also known for his clever incorporation of facts and history.
Mychael studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax before continuing his training at Central St. Martin’s in London. He was an artist in residence for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre throughout Mark Rylance’s reign as Artistic Director. In 2011, just prior to the 2012 Summer Olympics, he was commissioned to paint a large-scale mural on T. V. He was also made President of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 2013.
The narrative artist’s work is steeped in imagery relating to art history, literature, theatre and everything else that overfills his bookshelves. His prints are witty and insightful, as well as technically excellent.
Mychael’s works are held in prestigious UK collections, including the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the British Library and the Victoria & Albert museum. He has won a number of awards and regularly holds solo exhibitions.
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