Barrett Capistran

Barrett Capistran

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    Illustration & Works on Paper

    Woodcuts

    Artist's Biography

    Barrett Capistran is an illustrator and printmaker based out of Philadelphia. Many of his projects are inspired by his formative years in Easthampton, Massachusetts, a former mill-town characterized by a unique blend of rural New England, and alternative-cultures. A graduate of the University of the Arts, he has taught Visual Storytelling and Screenprinting with their Pre-College program since 2018. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Woodmere Art Museum, The Society of Illustrators (NYC), and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and he was awarded 2nd place in the 2018 UArts Ely Illustration Tesis.

    Artist's Statement

    Whether created with pen, brush, gouge, or knife, my work is rooted in the intuitive act of drawing. The images I make are based around speed and ownership of my intrinsic mark-making. Conceptually, I am guided by a deep interest in historical content, and a distinct undercurrent of anxiety and compulsion. My images frequently use figurative iconography to indicate stress, dread and existentialism. Characterized by twisted limbs, grimacing faces, and cartoon-symbolism, I synthesize the past and present into one, while drawing connections with the shared uncertainties of the human condition. Trained as an illustrator, I seek to communicate varied succinct ideas, and I am intrigued by how my lexicon can recontextualize an image or subject.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Two-person
    2019
    New Works: Barrett Capistran & Gaby Medeiros, Printmaking Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Group
    2021
    The Woodmere Annual 79th Juried Exhibition, The Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

    2019
    Crosscurrents, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Student Exhibition, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY

    Ely Illustration Thesis, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2017
    Student Exhibition, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY

    Professional Experience

    2020 - Present
    The Hun School of Princeton, Princeton, NJ
    Teaching Assistant, History and Global Studies

    2018 - 2020
    University of the Arts Pre-College Program, Philadelphia, PA
    Instructor in Visual Storytelling, Screenprinting

    2019
    Philly Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
    Adult Teaching Artist, Drawing and Mixed Media (Summer), Experimental Mixed Media (Fall)

    2018
    University of the Arts Pre-College Program, Philadelphia, PA
    Teaching Assistant

    2017
    University of the Arts Pre-College Program, Philadelphia, PA
    Teaching Assistant

    2015 - 2019
    University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Printmaking Studio-Monitor and Gallery Assistant

    Awards & Honors

    2018
    Ely Illustration Thesis, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    2nd Place

    Education

    2018
    University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    BFA, Illustration major with concentration in Printmaking
    Graduated with Honors