About Nick Barratt
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I think that the inspiration for my work comes from a fascination with boundaries and hidden structures. The boundaries may be physical, such as that between the sea and the shore or creating an image of a landscape using abstract language. The hidden structures could be literal, as in the girders that hold up a building or figurative such as seeing an image through a hidden layer of past-experience. As a result, the subjects of my work may seem disparate, but are tied together by the threads of an investigation of these two phenomena.
The way I make paintings is as much driven by my enjoyment of paint as by what I am painting. I find combining drips, splashes, spatters and scrapes with areas of precisely executed brushwork exciting and the tension that it creates in my view expands a painting’s emotional spectrum.After graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art and working in London for many years, I have recently moved out the to the country. The move has been a great catalyst for my work and I have found myself wanting to depict the land around me and applying a visual language originally developed in an urban environment is proving an exciting project.