Barton was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1975 and lives and works in London. He graduated from an MA in Fine Art Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in 2007 where he was awarded the Tim Mara Print Prize and the Tom Bendham drawing prize for his final show. He was also selected for Wallpaper* magazine’s Graduate Directory. Other prizes he has received include the 20/21 Century Art Prize and the Tim Mara Calgary Exchange both in 2006. Recent exhibitions include ‘Postgraduate Printmaking in London’ at the Clifford Chance Galleries, RA Summer Exhibition 2008, and the 20/21 Century Art Fair. He also has work in a number of collections including the Tim Mara Trust, the Royal Collage of Art Print Archive and the Royal Academy Schools Print Archive.
Currently Barton divides his time between his Print Fellowship at the Royal Academy Schools and his studio in Hackney Wick. Ongoing projects include creating new work for the front of the Jerwood Space in London and a commission as the guest artist to exhibit alongside the open submission at Originals 09.
In his creative practice Barton Hargreaves combines traditional printmaking techniques, digital processes, lens based media, and the artist’s hand to make prints, drawings, videos and installations. Through these processes he explores issues of time and space, and being and non-being; issues which he sees as central to the experience of being human.
"Through communication technologies such as the mobile phone, the internet and instantaneous digital imaging it seems that we can be in many places at the same time. But maybe we are, in fact, barely in any place at any time. There seems to be a lack of focus, an almost constant absence from the here and now. Are we entering, or creating even, another new world or consciousness?"