Stuart Mitchell is a Bristol-based multidisciplinary artist working in painting, printmaking, video and animation. His work is loosely themed around ritual, altered states and subconscious imagery, often having a composite nature that creates an element of ambiguity.
As the son of a gallery owner in southwest London Mitchell developed an early interest in art, often mixing with artists and sitting in on life-drawing sessions from a young age. Following an early career preparing city stockbrokers for the computerisation of the London stock exchange he spent several years managing a print and design company in Richmond-upon-Thames before relocating to the South West of England where gained a BSc(Hons) Digital Art and Technology in 2007 at the University of Plymouth. During his studies he was also employed as a Digital Media specialist at Exeter Phoenix (exeterphoenix.org.uk) where he remained for seven years until he moved to Bristol and freelanced for the public art producer Situations (situations.org.uk) where he was responsible for the digital engagement programme surrounding Alex Hartley’s NowhereIsland (nowhereisland.org), one of the Artist Taking the Lead projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. In 2012 Mitchell temporarily relocated to New York with his artist wife, Beth Carter, where she began working on a series of solo exhibitions in New York and Boston. While in New York he continued to develop his painting practice until he returned to Bristol and set up his current studio and print workshop. He has worked collaboratively with theatre companies, public art producers, galleries, museums, film and animation festivals, musicians, visual and performance artists on a wide array of artistic and digital projects. His artwork has been exhibited in art galleries, art fairs and theatres in the UK, Europe and USA.
My paintings usually begin with a single subject, often an improvised figure, and develop 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 will 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.