Mychael Barratt was born in Toronto, Canada, however, considers himself to be a Londoner since arriving for what was supposed to be a two-week stay thirty years ago. He is a narrative artist whose career making original prints covers virtually every possible technique. During his term as President of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers he curated many international exhibitions and was responsible for launching two annual open submission print exhibitions held at Bankside Gallery – the National Original Print Exhibition and The Masters.
He was an artist in residence for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre throughout Mark Rylance’s reign as Artistic Director as well as being a commissioned artist for Liberty of London. In 2011, just prior to the 2012 Summer Olympics, he was commissioned by T. V. Edwards to paint a 10 x 8 metre mural on an external wall of their headquarters on the Mile End Road. He has written three books: Intaglio Printmaking, published by A & C Black; The Master’s Muse: Artists’ Cats and Dogs, as well as London Map of Days, both of which were published by Unicorn Publishing. His work is held in many important collections including: Her Majesty, The Queen; the British Museum; the British Library (permanent collection of maps); Ashmolean Museum; V & A Museum; Canada House (UK Canadian Embassy); the National Art Museum of China, Beijing; and the Jiangsu Museum of Contemporary Art, Jiangsu, China.