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Real World by Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell

Description

CONCEPTUAL POP PAINTER + MULTIMEDIA ARTIST
As seen during ART BASEL MIAMI at SCOPE and SELECT FAIR,
SEE ME Exhibitions at THE LOUVRE and ARMORY ARTS WEEK NYC,
GASPARILLA TAMPA and on FOX13-TV Tampa Bay.

EDUCATION:
PRATT Graduate, SVA Alumni and former NYC Creative Director.

AWARDS:
HONOR AWARD - 2nd PLACE ARTIST IN SHOW, Art Festival Beth-El 2018
ART CENTER SARASOTA Special Recognition Award 2018
7 ARTSLANT PRIZE Showcases 2014 - 2017
GASPARILLA TAMPA Purchase Award 2016
FANTASTIC EKPHRASTIC People’s Choice 2017

ARTISTIC APPROACH:
Drawing on the power of mass media and pop culture, Mark repurposes its icons, imagery and techniques to deliver a more personal artistic statement. Through the use of meaningful juxtaposition and social commentary, Mitchell’s work is an exploration of the irony, contradiction, parallels and harmony to be found in 21st-century life.

Artist statement

Look deeper.

In a world where we are bombarded every day by pictures through mass media, what makes any single image resonate with the viewer? What makes it meaningful? What makes it memorable?

The art that has always appealed to me has never been just a pretty picture. It’s had some extra intangible quality that gave me pause to reflect. Some unique perspective, sense of mystery, an ironic twist or surprising technique that made me stop, pay close attention, and actually think.


This kind of eye-opening art can be especially meaningful today, when it’s becoming increasingly difficult to take anything at face value. We are living in a land of artifice. Spin is the order of the day, as we find ourselves surrounded by a circus of Hollywood celebrities, marketers, politicians, pop stars and special interest groups—all out to convince us that their story is the one to believe. But when we pull back the curtain, we often find that what we see, is not nearly what we get.

At its core, my work is an attempt at a wake-up call, by exposing things that may otherwise be hidden from view. Each piece is intended to catch the viewer off guard, invite them in for further exploration, and challenge them to make connections, find meaning, and ultimately see differently some aspect of the world in which we live.

—Mark Mitchell


Local shows

2019:

BANK OZK COMMISSION
Original Piece Commissioned for Notable Corporate Collection
Bank OZK, St Petersburg, FL

GREAT BAY COMMISSION
Original Piece Commissioned for Notable Corporate Collection
Great Bay Distributing, St Petersburg, FL

2018

REALIZE BRADENTON | PUBLIC ART
Jury-Selected Artist for Public Art Commission
Bradenton, FL

SHINE MURAL FESTIVAL | PUBLIC ART
Art Licensed for Reproduction on “Corner Canvas”
Sidewalk Traffic Signal Box, St Petersburg, FL

“FLORIDA’S FINEST”, SARASOTA
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD in Juried Group Exhibition
Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL

BG GALLERY, SANTA MONICA
Featured Artist in “STRIPES” Group Exhibition
BG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

“SURREAL SALON 10” JURIED BY RON ENGLISH
Featured Artist in Group Exhibition
Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

ART FESTIVAL BETH-EL
Featured Artist @ 45th Annual Art Festival
Temple Beth-El, St Petersburg, FL

“FLORIDA’S FINEST”, SARASOTA
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD in Juried Group Exhibition
Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL

“DIA DE LOS MUERTOS”
Featured Artist in Juried Group Exhibition
Florida CraftArt Gallery, St Petersburg, FL
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