Johan Barrett

Johan Barrett

Born in 1983 in Uppsala, I grew up in both Pennsylvania, United States and Sweden. Stockholm has been my home since 2008, where I work as a graphic designer and artist. I took my Bachelor degree in Visual Communications at Beckmans College of Design 2008-2011. I am particularly interested in contrasts and points of tension. Some of my pieces are like dark fairy tales of our present world, but always with a childlike sense of hope and comfort. Others are embellished dreams of idyllic places but always with an underlying threat or sense of friction. Which situation is preferable, I cannot answer. My works look to capture a feeling that, while it is a wonderful place of amazement, something is sick in this world. Holiday pictures on Instagram and the classic children's books I read to my little ones are my greatest inspiration right now. Colourful, imaginative, with a mixture of concrete and abstract motifs characterise my paintings. Recognition and mystery, childish and adult. This is the place I abide now.

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