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) and the Jiangsu Museum of Contemporary Art, China.