Stuart Mitchell

Artist Statement

As the son of a small gallery owner in South West London I was surrounded by incredible paintings, drawings, prints and plenty of art materials at an early age and would often sit in on life drawing classes at my father’s gallery. After an early career in computer technology and print I design in London, I moved to the South West and studied Digital Art and Technology before finally working as a digital media specialist within the arts. My life-long interest in traditional art forms and digital media now informs my art practice and, although I’m still predominantly drawn to the traditional art forms, I often merge hand-crafted work with digital production techniques to create my work. My visual artwork often begins 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, moving images and even sound is often guided by my subconscious, creating a dreamlike reality with an open narrative.

Biography

Stuart Mitchell is a British artist whose multidisciplinary practice includes print-making, painting, installation, video, animation and sound production. His visual artwork is often themed around ritual, altered states and subconscious imagery having a composite nature that creates an element of ambiguity.

Mitchell 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 he was employed as a digital media specialist at Exeter Phoenix arts centre in Devon and as Digital Editor at public art producer Situations in Bristol, UK, where he was responsible for the digital engagement programme surrounding Alex Hartley’s NowhereIsland which was commissioned for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. After temporarily relocating to Brooklyn, New York, with his artist wife, where he spent around 18 months developing his art practice, he returned to the South West England where he currently works in his studio.