Stuart Mitchell

Artist Statement

As the son of an artist and gallery owner, I was surrounded by incredible paintings, drawings and prints at an early age and often sat in on life drawing classes and workshops at my father’s gallery. I went on to follow a career in technology and then print and design before finally returning to my roots, studying digital art and technology and working as a digital media specialist in the arts. My lifelong interest in both traditional and digital art now informs my practice and, although I’m still predominantly drawn to traditional techniques, I often merge hand-crafted work with digital production to create a final artwork. My visual work will often begin with a single subject such as an improvised figure that is then developed through the addition of further imagery gathered from fragments of dreams, memories and personal symbols. I find that when I’m painting, for example, the act of over-painting multiple layers creates a semi-chaotic collage that I will then eventually work back into pictorial coherence through the application of composition, colour and form. Regardless of the media used, the layering of ideas, paint, ink and even sound is often guided by my subconscious, creating a dreamlike reality with an open narrative.

Biography

Stuart Mitchell a multidisciplinary artist based in the South West of England experimenting in paint, printmaking, installation, animation, video and sound. 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 art producers, galleries, museums, theatre companies, film and music festivals and producers, musicians, visual artists and performance artists on an extensive range of projects and his artwork has been exhibited in galleries, art fairs and theatres in the UK, Europe and the USA.

After obtaining a BSc(Hons) in Digital Art and Technology at the University of Plymouth in 2007, Mitchell was employed as a Digital Media Coordinator at Exeter Phoenix arts centre in Devon and public art producer Situations in Bristol, UK, where he was responsible for the digital engagement programme surrounding Alex Hartley’s NowhereIsland, one of 12 Artists taking the lead art projects commissioned for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. He temporarily relocated to New York with his artist wife in 2012 where he spent around 18 months living in Brooklyn, developing his painting practice, before returning to the South West England where he currently lives and works in his studio and print workshop.