BIOGRAPHY

Mark Barnett is an artist who was born in, Cambridge, England, in 1995. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh, College of Art, with a Bachelors (with Honours) in Fine Art Painting. Sometime hereafter, he completed a Masters in Philosophy at the University of Essex. Now, he is currently a practising artist residing in, Edinburgh, Scotland.

ARTIST STATEMENT 

I consider myself to be a contemporary mixed-media painter and philosophical poet. My artwork is an intuitive process that embraces pure materiality and focuses upon the expressive gestural impetus of mediums.

Individuals who view abstract art often struggle to understand what it means; however, I believe abstract art is, perhaps, better comprehended more adequately — as a kind of perceptual ‘music’ of sensuous experience. Drawing simultaneously from the history of modern and contemporary art, I aim to explore abstract form, mark-making, composition, and strive to encapsulate raw emotion unobstructed by conventional landscape or figurative representation.

My artwork is equally influenced by a strong theoretical interest in a diverse array of philosophical topics and poetical themes. On the one hand, in philosophy, more specifically, these topics include: ontology, ethics, aesthetics, existentialism, phenomenology, Marxism, psychoanalysis, critical theory, post-structuralism, and environmentalism. On the other hand, in terms of the latter: I seek to instil in my artwork a poetical dimension that incites sincere feeling and visceral corporeality. These divergent coexisting and co-constitutive components thus circulate through the veins of all my artworks.

It is my long-standing belief that one of art’s purposes is to articulate the uniquely distinct lived experiences of the individual. I think of my artworks as eliciting a complex series of reactions, thoughts, and emotions, with no necessarily unified and singular narrative, whilst imbued with immanent beauty and life. As such, to me at least, in this manner — there is no clearly defined boundary that separates art from life.

REPRESENTATIVES

Amber Arts Ltd — Edinburgh, Scotland, 2018 – 2020

QUALIFICATIONS

BTEC Art and Design — Long Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, England, 2014

BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting — University of Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2018

MA Philosophy — University of Essex, Colchester, England, 2022

AWARDS

Shortlisted for the Art Solo Award — 2018

EXHBITS 

‘Art and Design Degree Show’ at Edinburgh College of Art — Edinburgh, Scotland, 2018

‘Rift’ at White Space Gallery — Edinburgh, Scotland, 2018

‘After the Storm’ at The Royal Botanic Gardens — Edinburgh, Scotland, 2017

‘Earth, Landscape, and Ecology’ at Art Scape Gibraltar Point — Toronto, Canada, 2016

ARTIST RESIDENCIES 

3 months artist residency at Sachaqa Centro De Arte — Tarapoto, Peru, 2018

3 months artist residency at Saruya  — Fujiyoshida, Japan, 2017

3 months artist residency at Art Scape Gibraltar Point — Toronto, Canada, 2016