Introduction – Biography – Gallery
Martyn Barratt ARBS, Born 1965
Barratt studied wood and stone carving and gilding at London Art School, and an MA in architecture at East London University. His work explores the forms found in fossils, seeds and shells, and he is inspired by the presence and recurrence of these forms in all areas of the natural world – in the movements of smoke, flocks of birds, shoals of fish, the unfurling of a fern or a ram’s horn.
Much of his work is contemporary in concept and content, and his practice owes much to the skills he learnt in his early trades as a carver and restorer. His work has been exhibited internationally, and has completed commissions for many prestigious clients including the BBC and the Palace of Westminster. He was elected to the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1993, and director for the Burghley Sculpture Garden in 1997.