ADAM JOHN BARRATT
Fine Art and Design artist
'The Sofa in Italics' is based off a love seat, the size of the seat makes it intimate for the two people using it. Whilst being put together and painted by hand, the linear and cicular designs are influenced by the Bloomsbury Group. The hand stitched tapestry and pilllow in my tri coloured style are demonstrations of my love for the arts and crafts movement. Using diffrerent techniques to demostrate depth, the wool borders the two men who are the centre of this piece.
This painting is a depiction of the Greek tale of adultery and lust. Hephaestus, God of Blacksmithing, married Aphrodite Goddess of sexual desire; who in turn had an affair with Ares God of War had a love child Eros, commonly known as Cupid. This strange love triangle is presented in this painting with having the two elder men supporting the young youth who gazes freely at the viewer. There is a lack of interaction between the models, creating a tension.
‘The Fireplace’ as a concept is man’s overwhelming need to control and confine nature. In later years after the discovery of how to create fire, we decorated and designs prisons that produce heat yet remained beautiful. Made of wood and ceramics this piece is hand painted and demonstrates a reminiscence of these important yet strange objects.
‘Zeus, Prometheus and the Mortal’ is an origin story from Ancient Greece where Prometheus the trickster stole fire from the Gods and gave it to man. Keeping a safe distance from both man and his thief, Zeus stands looking at man Prometheus, his hand gesturing his frustrating. The Mortal submits himself to his superiors, clenching his knees to chest looking out to the viewer in search for help. With the hand of the giver hoovering above his head the Mortal is a mouse like, the coward in the corner reaching out to us.