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Surrey artist of the year 2010, Jamie Barrett

PUBLISHED: 19:51 09 January 2012 | UPDATED: 18:18 20 February 2013

Surrey artist of the year, Jamie Barrett

Surrey artist of the year, Jamie Barrett

The newly crowned Surrey Artist of the Year was more than a little surprised when he found out he was in the running for the prestigious title – he didn't even realise <br/><br/>he'd been entered

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine December 2010

The newly crowned Surrey Artist of the Year was more than a little surprised when he found out he was in the running for the prestigious title he didnt even realise hed been entered.

Fourteen finalists were chosen by public vote from the hundreds of artists that took part in Surrey Artists Open Studios in June, explains Farnham resident Jamie Barrett, who pipped last months Meet the Artist, Adam Green, into second place. Then we all exhibited at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham during September and the winner was chosen. I was blown away when they named me.

With no expectations beforehand, the 32-year-old light sculptor is just happy to express and share his energy through his creations making unique, eye-catching objects for people to enjoy.

Every time someone commissions me to make them a light sculpture, I feel proud that someone enjoys my work enough to want to spend their money on it and own it for the rest of their life, he says.

Most of Jamies pieces are made from acrylic, wood and metal, and for the last few years he has been focussing energy into creating his range of innovative light sculptures.

Its also possible to interact with them by changing their shapes, patterns and colours using various technologies, he says. My latest works also have the additional interactive quality of being responsive to sound and music.

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