Phil Barrington (Born April 1976 in East Anglia, UK) is an English mixed media artist who currently resides in Norfolk, Eastern England. His work (at times symbolic or surreal) often deals with such themes as social fear, moral degradation, urban paranoia, class & gender inequality, industrialism, loneliness and the archetypal ‘Outsider’.
Barrington’s stark yet, at times, complex mixed media output (most notably through his use of creative photography mixed with paints and chemicals) often recall both early street photography and the origins of the Theatre of the Absurd in the avant-garde art experiments of the 1920s-30s, detailing a somewhat abstractly political, certainly a socially troubled, raven-black canvas.
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I try to create images from different photographic and printing processes; including combining shots of actual negatives, slides and transparencies utilising transparent layers containing dirt, chemicals, paint, blood and other liquids on top of, or behind, each transparent image on physical lightboxes.
Digital grunge brushes and Photoshop layering are not currently used.
What themes am I exploring in my current series of work?
Oppression/Old English occultism/love lost/contemporary politics
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