Stuart Mitchell is a multidisciplinary artist working predominantly in painting, print-making, animation and digital media. The son of a gallery owner in Southwest London, Mitchell developed an early interest in art, often mixing with artists and joining in on life-drawing sessions at a young age. In his early career he specialised in computer technology before spending several years managing a print and design company. He relocated to the South West England and gained a BSc (Hons) Digital Art and Technology in 2007 while concurrently working as Digital Media Coordinator at Exeter Phoenix (exeterphoenix.org.uk) until he moved to Bristol in 2011 where he freelanced for Situations (situations.org.uk) and was responsible for the digital engagement programme surrounding Alex Hartley’s NowhereIsland (nowhereisland.org), one of 12 Artist Taking the Lead projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. In 2012 Mitchell temporarily relocated to New York with his artist partner, Beth Carter, where she was working on a series of solo exhibitions. While in New York he continued to develop his paining practice before returning to Bristol and setting up his painting and print studio.
My paintings usually begin with a single subject, often an improvised figure, and then develop through the accumulation of further imagery gathered from fragments of dreams, memories and personal symbols. The act of painting and then over-painting creates a semi-chaotic collage which I eventually work into a pictorial coherence through the application of composition, colour and form. The layering of ideas and the layering of paint are guided by my subconscious, creating a dreamlike reality with open narrative.