Stuart Mitchell a Bristol-based multidisciplinary artist and producer experimenting with painting, printmaking, installations, animation, video, sound and music production. His visual artwork is often themed around ritual, altered states and subconscious imagery, having a composite nature that creates an element of ambiguity. He has worked with public art producers, galleries, museums, theatre companies, film and animation festivals, musicians, visual and performance artists on an extensive range of artistic and digital projects and his artwork has been exhibited at galleries, art fairs and in theatres in the UK, Europe and the USA.
He gained a BSc(Hons) Digital Art and Technology at the University of Plymouth in 2007 and was employed as a Digital Media Coordinator at Exeter Phoenix arts centre, Devon, where he stayed for a number of years before moving to Bristol. While in Bristol he freelanced for the public art producer Situations and was responsible for the digital engagement programme surrounding Alex Hartley’s NowhereIsland, one of 12 Artist Taking the Lead projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad until 2012 when he temporarily relocated to New York with his artist wife, Beth Carter. They both lived in Brooklyn for around 18 months, while Carter worked on her upcoming exhibitions in New York and Boston. Whilst in Brooklyn, Mitchell spent time developing his painting practice before he finally returned to Bristol. He currently lives and works from his multidisciplinary studio and print workshop near Bristol.
My visual artwork usually begins with a single subject, often an improvised figure, and develops through the accumulation of further imagery gathered from fragments of dreams, memories and personal symbols. The act of painting and over-painting multiple layers creates a semi-chaotic collage which I eventually work into pictorial coherence through the application of composition, colour and form. The layering of ideas and the layering of paint are both guided by my subconscious, creating a dreamlike reality with an open narrative.