A collection of prints from Mychael Barratt's series 'Artists' Dogs and Cats', a humorous homage to famous artists from the history of art imagining them as pet-owners, creating the print in the style of well-known artworks and cleverly inserting a dog or a cat to the composition.
Mychael Barratt’s work taps into the deepest of printmaking traditions – like Hogarth, he seeks out the humorous, the uncanny and absurd, as well as the tender and poetic side of life. Delving into his extensive, personal library of art books for inspiration, history and narrative are the cut and thrust of much of Mychael’s work. Drawing on this encyclopaedic knowledge and passion for history, his work encounters artists and literary characters from across the centuries, with Mychael re-imagining them as pet owners or assembled together in a life-drawing class. In other works he meticulously catalogues scenarios from Dickens or Chaucer, or maps out imagined locations from other great literary works.
This fascinating collection of prints from Mychael Barratt's series 'Artists Dogs and Cats', includes a recent silkscreen of Hockney and two brand-new mezzotint prints of Picasso inspired by the famous LIFE magazine photographs of the artist's 'light drawings.
Mychael was elected a member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers in 1999, becoming President in 2013. He was born in Canada, and came to London following art school in what was meant to be a two week stay in 1984. Twenty years later, he remains a London resident having fallen in love with the city, graduating from Central St Martin’s School of Art in 1989. His work is exhibited all around the UK, including at the Bankside Gallery, The Royal Academy as well as Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.