Malcolm Barrett

Born: Chester
Lives and works: Newton Abbot, Devon
“I hope my artworks make people smile.”

Self-taught artist Malcolm won crowds over at our Summer Exhibition in 2016 and we are proud to introduce you now to his adorable Ted sculptures!


His unconventional art journey began during his time as a mechanic, panel beater and sprayer, where he honed his technique. Malcolm also drew inspiration from other artists - particularly the American marine life painter and sculptor, Wyland.

To create his tactile sculptures, Malcolm uses fibreglass and rubber moulds. He then meticulously hand-paints each sculpture before applying a high gloss resin finish. Working without drawings or mock-ups ensures that each piece is uniquely-crafted, with a mesmerising finish that glitters in the sun.

Malcom says: “My journey into sculpture started many years ago. I was unaware that the trade I had decided to train in would lead me to the sculptures I create today. I hope my artworks make people smile.”

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Inside the world of Malcolm Barrett

Malcolm  creates his original pieces by carving a piece of expanding foam then spreading over a filler to create the final shape. Once he's happy, he sprays it with primer and then creates a fibreglass or rubber mould which will then be encased with a fibreglass outer shell. The piece is first sprayed silver and then the primary colour, followed by several coats of lacquer - all of which are applied by hand. 

He says: "It’s quite simple: I dream it, think it over and then simply sculpt it. There’s no mock-up and no drawings. As a panel beater and sprayer, I’m used to creating large, smooth shapes and finishing them off with a nice coat of car paint. I have no training in sculpture at all, but I have done lots of experimenting!" 

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