Stuart Mitchell
Multidisciplinary artwork and experimental things

Biography

Stuart Mitchell a Bristol-based multidisciplinary artist experimenting with paint, printmaking, installation, animation, video and sound. His work is often themed around ritual, altered states and subconscious imagery, having a composite nature that creates an element of ambiguity. Mitchell 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 in galleries, art fairs and theatres in the UK, Europe and the USA.

Raised in South West London, Stuart Mitchell developed an early interest in art from a young age and would often sit in on life-drawing classes and mix with artists at his father’s art gallery. He was encouraged to pursue a career in computer technology and later worked in the City of London preparing stockbroking firms for the digitisation of the London Stock Exchange. After working in London he travelled to India, Sri Lanka and Australia and spent a number of years in Devon before moving back to London where he managed a print and design business for several years. On returning to the South West again in 2001, Mitchell gained a BSc(Hons) Digital Art and Technology at the University of Plymouth and was employed as a Digital Media Coordinator at Exeter Phoenix, a vibrant arts venue in the heart of Exeter, Devon. He stayed there for a number of years before moving to Bristol where 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. In 2012 he temporarily relocated to New York with his artist wife, where they lived in Brooklyn for around 18 months, while she 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 where he currently lives and works from his multidisciplinary studio and print workshop.

Statement

My work 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.