Mark Barnett was born in Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1995. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art, in 2018 with BA (Honours) in Fine Art Painting. Later he went on to graduate from Shillington Education in Graphic Design. He is now a Graphic Designer and practicing artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Creating art is an innate part of my life. I am an interdisciplinary mix-media artist and much of my work is an intuitive process, which is focused on the spontaneous expressive gestural impetus of media and paint; which uses my entire body. My work is driven by strong theoretical interests in a diverse set of multicultural sources, including Continental philosophy; German idealism, Heideggerian and Merleau-Pontyian Phemonenomgly
Environmental philosophy and ethics; Deep ecology, Ecocentrism, and Ecophenomenology. As well as Japanese philosophy and aesthetics. Each brush stroke aims at manifesting the corporeal bodily respiration into physical and artistic action.Thus arriving in an intuitive revelation of the specific, simultaneous existence of the pure embodied subjectivity of Being and Being-in-the-world.
“The role of the artist is to become part of nature […] In the instant, there is a coincidence of events – wind blowing, grass growing, brush strokes appearing. All there is, is in the instant […] painting in the instant can be compared to the meditative state in which the mind is open to its vastness. It is the experience of [B]eing […] ” Gordon-Onslow Ford
Art and Design (BETC), Long Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge.
BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art.
Graphic Design full time (3month) Shillington Education, Manchester.
Earth, Landscape, and Ecology – 2016 at Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, Canda.
1 Month Painting/Drawing Residency – 2017 at Sachaqa Centro De Arte, San Roque De Cumbaza, Peru.
1 Month Art Residency – 2018 at DÔ-SÔ at Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan.
Shortlisted for the Art Solo Award – 2018
Amber Arts Ltd