BIOGRAPHY

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. He is now a Graphic Designer and practicing artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

ARTIST STATEMENT

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, these are Ontology, Metaphysics, and Phemonenomgly. Environmental philosophy and ethics (Deep ecology, Ecocentrism, and Ecophenomenology). Japnese Buddhist 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 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

QUALIFICATIONS

Art and Design (BETC), Long Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge.

BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art.

RESIDENCIES

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.

AWARDS

Shortlisted for the Art Solo Award –  2018

REPRESENTATIVES

Amber Arts Ltd

MARK BARNETT

ARTIST