2020-04-02T10:22:21-04:00

Culture for your quarantine

MARCH 31, 2020  |  BY MARK MITCHELL

 

 

Culture for your quarantine

 

How are you doing? Everything OK? Staying healthy and safe? This “new normal” of social distancing and self-quarantine has changed so many lives over the past few weeks. As an artist with a home studio, however, much of my personal routine has strangely remained the same. Sure, my wife is now working from home along with me once again, which is nice. And we’re avoiding crowds and social activities with friends, non-essential shopping and dining out. The beaches are closed, so weekends are quiet ones at home. But generally speaking, my typical work day feels relatively unchanged. Artists tend to be quite adept at spending long hours working alone, without a lot of contact with others. It’s part of what enables us to focus, and employ the discipline needed to create. But I do feel for all those extroverts and people whose work normally requires a lot of personal interaction each day.

That said, the greater art world of galleries, museums and live events have all but come to a screeching halt. And, of course, selling art just got an awful lot more difficult in a stressed-out world of people reconsidering their priorities and unsure of their immediate financial future.

Fortunately for us, we live in a time when friends and family are a few button clicks away. Just this weekend my Mom, my siblings and their spouses, my wife and I got together for a virtual cocktail hour on Zoom. We chatted and laughed just as if we were all in the same living room, and it felt great. Moments like that are priceless, and make me really appreciate our connected world. Even social media seems a bit more lively lately too, with friends showing concern, sharing info, making jokes and helping to keep each others‘ spirits up.

Similarly, many artists, arts organizations, entertainers and venues have been leveraging the power of the internet to bring their content home to everyone unable to attend in-person. Lots of online galleries, virtual tours and streaming events have been popping up lately for us homebound folks—with many if not most offered free of charge. So, with this week’s blog post as Creative Pinellas grantee, I thought I’d share a few that came across my radar. Enjoy!


12 World-Class Museums You Can Visit Online
From The Louvre to The Met, Guggenheim to Dalí Theatre-Museum in Spain.
Check out this amazing list @ 
mentalfloss.com


Online Arts Events During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Tons of livestream events including The Metropolitan Opera, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and even the Social Distancing Festival!
Find them @ 
creative-capital.org


Free Jean-Michel Basquiat & Keith Haring Virtual Exhibit
The National Gallery of Victoria in Australia hosts this very cool immersive experience.
Details @ secretnyc.co


Museums Share Their Most Zen Art to Help People Relax
Follow #MuseumMomentofZen to calm your corona nerves.
Explained @ travelandleisure.com


10 Binge-Worthy Art Podcasts
Plug into the art-world conversation while museums and galleries are closed.
Read on @ nytimes.com


London’s National Theatre Streams a Free Play Every Thursday Night
Catch Jane Eyre, Treasure Island, Twelfth Night and more.
Details @ timeout.com


State Theater / DTSP LIVE – Saved by Streaming
If you’re a St Pete local that’s missing The State Theatre under renovation, you’ll be happy to know they’ve got a FREE live streaming series.
Catch intimate sets from the likes of Mountain Holler, Betty Fox, Kerry Courtney and all your local faves on facebook.com


S
t Pete Art from the Dali, Florida CraftArt, MFA and More
Watch lectures, see exhibitions and find activities from local artists, museums and galleries. Listing @ tampabay.com


Universal Current Theatrical Movies Available for Home Viewing
Get a jump on current movies with this opportunity to rent them early.
Full story @ latimes.com

 

Stream SiriusXM Free for 3 Months
Get the app and access tons of commercial-free music of every genre, a wide range of news sources,
Howard Stern broadcasting from home, and even a 24-hr Coronavirus channel!
Sign up @ siriusxm.com

 

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CLICK ANY PIC FOR DETAILS. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:
Child’s Play – Acrylic on Canvas   |   The Birds – Acrylic on Canvas
The DNA of Tech – Acrylic on Canvas Triptych   |   Marketing 2.0 – Acrylic on Canvas 
All Images ©2011-2020 Mark Mitchell Studio LLC

 

Technophobia.

 

Now, all this connectivity is wonderful—especially right now. But… close friends and fans of my art may know I have a bit of a love / hate relationship with a lot of modern tech. Some of our recent so-called “advancements” have a bit of a dark side, and can often carry some concerning side-effects—like screen-addiction, cyber-bullying, misinformation, propaganda, privacy issues and even job depletion via the rising use of automation. These are some of the issues I tend to explore in my paintings, as in the pieces seen above (ahem… all available for purchase). Similar themes will also play a role in my new work to be featured in the upcoming Emerging Artist Exhibition in The Gallery at Creative Pinellas this Spring.

All that aside, I must say I’m excited to learn that due to the pandemic shut-down, Creative Pinellas is busy working on its own set of online events in which I’ll be participating. They include Artist Studio Tour Videos, a Live Online Artist Q&A Event, as well as an Interactive 3D Virtual Tour of the Emerging Artist Exhibition—all in anticipation of a postponed Opening Event for the public at the gallery. Stay tuned—I’ll be sharing more details on all that very soon!

 

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I wish you all safety and the best of health at this difficult time. We can get through this!
More news and updates on the way. I invite you to follow my progress on this blog, and at the links below.

Thanks,
Conceptual Pop Painter + Multimedia Artistmarkmitchellstudio
Website  |  Mailing List  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter  |  YouTube  |   Tumblr

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Produced with the support of Creative Pinellas, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners

2020-03-30T18:53:21-04:00

Make a statement

MARCH 20, 2020  |  BY MARK MITCHELL

 

 

Make a statement

 

These are crazy times. And in light of our current health crisis, I must say I’ve been a bit hard-pressed to compose a blog post this week as Creative Pinellas grantee that would be relevant and appropriate to the moment. Because in the midst of a worldwide viral pandemic, 24-hour news alerts and widespread panic and confusion, who needs to read about art?

Well, I do, for one, and you probably do, too. Because art has the power to enlighten—illuminating the public conversation with insights, emotions and points of view in different ways than other methods of communication. It can touch us on a visceral level, and connect with parts of our minds that allow us to observe and experience things more intuitively. In times of crisis, art has the ability to calm, nurture, and heal our inner selves, even when our public life may feel a bit too frantic.

In times like these, I believe it to be an artist’s responsibility to hold a mirror to the world, and reveal a new perspective on current events and issues. Art that conveys ideas. Art that makes a statement. And one of the essential tools at an artist‘s disposal is the Artist Statement. Because in addition to the artwork itself, we artists have an opportunity to add insights and shed light on our approach, process and goals for our creations. Crafting a good one is yet another great way to connect with an audience, and communicate what it is that we and our art are all about. It also becomes especially useful in applications for art grants and shows, gallery exhibitions, and for providing context to our work online.

So, at this point, I’ll share my own Artist Statement—one that has guided, informed and represented my body of work reliably over the past ten years.

 

Rise  |  Acrylic + Mixed Media on Wood  |  ©2018-2020 Mark Mitchell Studio LLC

 

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.

I can remember the first time I saw James Rosenquist’s House Of Fire at The Met in NYC. Amazed by the bold colorful advertising-style imagery on such a grand scale, it was instantly appealing to me. I didn’t understand its oddly juxtaposed imagery immediately, but it was powerful nonetheless—perhaps even more so than the commercial billboards that would compete for my attention as I gazed out the car window on family road trips. Later I discovered Rosenquist was a former billboard painter, and had decided to subvert those same images to an unsettling, mysterious effect—rather than use them to sell us something we may not need.

Similarly, other modern and contemporary artists have revealed their own unique vision. Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans and Magritte’s The Treachery Of Images forced us to reconsider exactly what art is, or can be. Dali’s The Persistence of Memory challenged our perception of space and time. Picasso’s Guernica shed light on the effects of a violent revolution, while presenting it in a way never seen before. And Banksy has reinvented street art as a vehicle for high-concept sociopolitical protest.

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.

 

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I wish you all safety and the best of health at this difficult time. We can get through this!
More details, news and updates on the way. I invite you to follow my progress on this blog, and at the links below.

Thanks,
Conceptual Pop Painter + Multimedia Artistmarkmitchellstudio
Website  |  Mailing List  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter  |  YouTube  |   Tumblr

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Produced with the support of Creative Pinellas, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners

2020-03-06T15:16:59-05:00

Think big

 

 

 

Think big

 

Although I’ve frequently shared work-in-progress videos of my painting process, I typically shy away from sharing photos of unfinished work. My preference has always been to show those kind of images only in context with the final piece. Partly because there’s an intended surprise-factor to the end-product, and partly because I’m never really happy with how my paintings look until the finishing touches are in place, I would usually prefer to keep them under-wraps until complete. But, now in my role as Creative Pinellas grantee—and in the spirit of getting out of my comfort zone—I’ll break with tradition and give you a glimpse of my current project in-the-works.

As the centerpiece of my showcase in the upcoming Emerging Artist Exhibition in The Gallery at Creative Pinellas this Spring, I’ve been working on what will be my largest painting to-date. The new 3-canvas triptych will measure 4 ft tall by 9 ft wide. “Go big or go home”, as they say! I’ve always felt that large artworks when viewed in-person tend to have a dramatic impact that you can’t ignore. It’s why people are so drawn to murals. Of course, some of the world’s most revered and famous paintings are of surprisingly modest proportions (see Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or Dali’s The Persistence of Memory). But while size shouldn’t matter, it often can dial-up the wow-factor and elevate the sensory experience of a piece. Think Picasso’s Guernica, Monet’s Water Lillies or Rosenquist’s F-111.

Well, then. Now that I’ve dropped the names of some of the world’s greatest masterpieces, behold my latest humble attempt…

 

 

As you can see, I still have a way to go, with many elements left to add. The background landscape portion has been challenging, and I am continuing to finesse it, adding detail and dimension. I frequently mask-off areas of the canvas to protect the edges and shape of objects sketched underneath. That allows me to paint continuous background textures freely while retaining the size and position of the foreground elements to-come.

Per my usual, the painting is thematic and intended to make a statement—but I’ll save that part of the story to share with you later. Hope you enjoyed the sneak-peek! Read on for info on an exciting just-announced event in which I’ll be taking part!

 

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Artist Talk Announced at Group Pop Art show in Tampa

A SPECIAL ADULTS-ONLY EVENING EVENT HAS JUST BEEN ADDED!
MOSI’s Science After Dark will be a fun, hands-on experience for adults over 18
featuring mind-blowing science adventures, light appetizers, beer and wine samplings,
plus De-Fine Art—a conversation with the three featured artists of Fresh Popped!
6 – 9pm, Friday, April 3, 2020 
Complete details below.

 

MOSI

 

The MOSI Art Wall Presents:
Fresh Popped
A Group Exhibition Curated by Michael Knapp

The group exhibition at MOSI continues through April 3, 2020.
Three artists’ take on Pop Art, including five affordable canvas prints by Mark Mitchell.

 

Location:
MOSI – Museum of Science and Industry
4801 E. Fowler Avenue

Tampa, Florida 33617

Ongoing Exhibition:
Open Daily 10am – 5pm
Continues through Frid
ay, April 3, 2020

REGISTER NOW:
SPECIAL EVENING ARTIST TALK EVENT
Science After Dark & De-Fine Art
Ever wonder what makes an artist tick? Discover the inner workings of the artistic mind
through an engaging conversation with three practicing artists.
Open 6-9pm, Frid
ay, April 3, 2020
Artists Speak at 7:15
$14.95 per adult | $12.95 per member | Preregistration required
RSVP on facebook >> here

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More details, news and updates on the way! I invite you to follow my progress on this blog, and at the links below.

Thanks,
Conceptual Pop Painter + Multimedia Artistmarkmitchellstudio
Website  |  Mailing List  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter  |  YouTube  |   Tumblr

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Produced with the support of Creative Pinellas, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners

2020-02-26T12:03:29-05:00

Moving pictures

 

 

Moving pictures

 

In this week’s blog as Creative Pinellas grantee, I want to talk briefly about something near and dear to me and my fellow 2D artists: moving pictures. (That is to say, for one, selling inventory.) Because, although each new painting is like a child to me—conceived, developed and nurtured to fruition—nothing warms my heart more than finding them an ideal new home and welcoming environment in which to thrive and be fully appreciated. And so, it is a somewhat harsh reality that not all of our time as artists is devoted to simply creating new art, but we must make an effort to thoughtfully share our work with the world in ways that engage our audience, and attract collectors’ interest.

One of the methods I’ve found effective over the years is another type of moving picture—the time-lapse “making-of” video. By watching a piece emerge from blank canvas to finished work, viewers can see the art come to life, while catching a glimpse of the processes and techniques involved in making that happen. And as a singer-songwriter, oftentimes I’ve seized the opportunity to record a new song as a kind of soundtrack for each, to add a little extra entertainment value. The song lyrics echo the theme of the artwork, giving viewers a bit more insight into the inspiration and meaning behind the art. Hopefully, when the art is presented in the right context, the viewer will develop a deeper understanding and connection with the paintings, and consider them (emotionally speaking), moving pictures.

Here are a couple of examples. Enjoy!

 

 

Fish Out of Water
36″ X 48″

Acrylic + Spray Paint on Canvas
©2011 Mark Mitchell
More Info >> here

 

 

Power and Grace
72″ X 36″

Acrylic + Spray Paint on Canvas Diptych
©2014 Mark Mitchell
More Info >> here

 

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Solo exhibition in Tampa closing Thursday

Last chance to catch my solo show, Double Vision at TECO Public Art Gallery—continuing through Thursday, February 27, 2020!
S
top by and check out the show any time on weekdays during business hours. Details below.

 

     

     

     

 

TECO Public Art Gallery Presents:
Double Vision | The Conceptual Pop Art of Mark Mitchell
A Solo Exhibition Curated by Debra Radke

Look deeper. Take in the mind-expanding, slyly subversive work of Mark Mitchell, Conceptual Pop Painter. See beyond the surface of the everyday. Delve into a world of eye-popping color and iconic imagery, ranging from playful themes to compelling social commentary. Explore a collection of twelve paintings that will challenge your mind while feeding your senses.
 
Exhibition Event Listing >> here.

RSVP to on facebook >> here.

Location:
TECO Public Art Gallery
702 N. Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Exhibition Closing Soon:
Open Weekdays Only, 8am – 5pm
Continues through Thursday, February 27, 2020

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Group Pop Art show continues in Tampa

Fresh Poppeda group exhibition at MOSI continues through April 3, 2020.
Three artists’ take on Pop Art, including five affordable canvas prints of mine.
Stay tuned for info on a Special Artist Talk event—coming soon! Show details below.

 

MOSI

 

The MOSI Art Wall Presents:
Fresh Popped
A Group Exhibition Curated by Michael Knapp

Location:
MOSI – Museum of Science and Industry
4801 E. Fowler Avenue

Tampa, Florida 33617

Ongoing Exhibition:
Open Daily 10am – 5pm
Continues through Frid
ay, April 3, 2020

Save the Date:
SPECIAL EVENING ARTIST TALK EVENT
MOSI AFTER DARK
Open 6-9pm, Frid
ay, April 3, 2020
Artists Speak at 7:15
More Details to Come!

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Group show in St Pete closing Saturday

Looking Forward at The Cider Press Cafe in St Pete will close this Saturday, February 29, 2020. The show features a range of contemporary, innovative and futuristic works by local artists. You’ll find some affordable large-scale canvas prints of my pieces, each focusing on aspects of modern technology. Details below and on facebook >> here.

 


The Cider Press Cafe Presents:

Looking Forward, A New Decade
A Group Exhibition Curated by Margaret Juul Ammann

Location:
The Cider Press Café
601 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Exhibition Closing Soon:
Open Daily 11am – 8pm
Continues through Saturd
ay, February 29, 2020

 

More details, news and updates on the way! I invite you to follow my progress on this blog, and at the links below.

Thanks,
Conceptual Pop Painter + Multimedia Artistmarkmitchellstudio
Website  |  Mailing List  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter  |  YouTube  |   Tumblr

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Produced with the support of Creative Pinellas, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners

2020-02-15T14:31:44-05:00

Analog art in a digital world

 

 

Analog art in a digital world

 

As artists, typically our primary focus is to create work that engages people in-person, exhibiting locally and building a creative presence in our own community. Nothing compares to the tangible physicality of original art, viewed in a proper exhibition setting. As a Creative Pinellas grantee, I can also attest to the importance of fostering and nurturing local relationships, and staying connected with artists, individual art supporters and regional arts organizations. In turn, this kind of grass roots following helps create a strong foundation on which to build a wider audience, enabling us to reach more minds and hearts with our work. Because by extending our reach with broader visibility, our opportunities multiply, and our professional art practice grows more and more sustainable.

In the age of social media, artists have found it a lot easier to connect with their arts community and market their art to an ever-growing audience. Sure, this may create a bit of art-overload for some, but for the most part it presents a chance for artists to share their work while building rapport with fellow artists and potential buyers. Facebook has provided a great forum to share updates and communicate with our peers and supporters, and as a predominantly visual medium, Instagram has become especially helpful in getting fresh eyes on artists’ work, while helping to create a broader, more connected global arts community.

But there are a number of other ways for artists to exploit digital technology and gain exposure in venues and cities in which they might otherwise have difficulty gaining access. Its those I’d like to focus on here, and share a few of my experiences.

Case in point. If you told me that just five years after turning pro artist that one of my pieces would be seen in the world’s most famous museum, I would have said you were crazy. But that’s exactly what happened! Amazingly, in 2015 SeeMe provided an opportunity to have my work displayed in The Louvre in Paris! Step aside, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, here comes Mitchell’s Marketing 2.0.

 

 

SeeMe is an online platform that has hosted dozens of exhibitions in key US cities and abroad. Over the years they’ve distributed over $1.5 million in artist grants and awards. Back in 2012—a year before my physical solo exhibition during Art Basel—my first SeeMe competition yielded not only an exhibition, but also got my work in print. At that time, I was eager to test the waters and get my first exposure in Miami. I seized the chance to be juried into an exhibit during SCOPE, arguably the most prestigious of the Art Basel Miami satellite shows. As it happened, I made the cut to appear on digital displays in their booth, giving my work new visibility (as well as bragging rights). They also published my painting Child’s Play in a beautiful hardbound edition of the winners that year—see below. Not bad for an artist just a couple of years into his full-time practice!

 

     

    

 

Later, in 2013, a second competition win with SeeMe included my work in an exhibit during Armory Arts Week NYC, and yet another in 2014 gave my painting Tough Love screen time in their booth at SCOPE once again, seen below.

 

 

Another cool web-based platform offering similar exposure is Daylighted. Once approved by their reviewers, my work began to appear on large-format screens in upscale hotels and corporate environments in key cities in the US and around the world. Places like Sofitel in LA, Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco, and Novotel Tour Eiffel in Paris have displayed Rapper’s Dee-Lite, Fish Out of Water, State of Independence, The Birds, and more. They provide a kiosk for viewers to see more information on the art and even purchase the original. Recently, one of my images was displayed in NYC at the Park Central Hotel over the holidays. My friends in the New York area were able to stop in for a cocktail and see my piece, A Christmas Wish tiled across nine monitors installed over the bar. What a thrill! Here’s how it looked:

 

 

Over the past few years, I’ve received a total of seven awards in monthly competitions on Artslant. It’s been a great way to help round out my resume’s award profile while showcasing my work and listing key exhibitions. That site is unfortunately closed now, but the archives are still viewable >> here.

 

 

Yet another website called Artrepeneur is a growing online arts community that also functions as portfolio and sales platform. I was recently contacted by one of their curators to have a piece included in their Curator’s Picks section, which was an honor. My painting The Daily Grind is now found in a grouping called Reconstructing Reality.

 

 

And finally, I can say with confidence that your art truly can be discovered by serious buyers online. It was my profile on SaatchiArt where a collector in another country found a painting of mine he couldn’t live without. One day I received an email inquiring if the original was still available of my piece, Real World. After some negotiating, I decided my customer was for real, and willing to abide by my terms. Long story short, this led to my largest international art sale to date. It still warms my heart to know one of my major showpieces found a home with someone who truly appreciates it—halfway around the globe. Behold the power of the interwebs!

 

 

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Solo exhibition continues in Tampa

Don’t miss my solo show, Double Vision at TECO Public Art Gallery—continuing through February 27th, 2020!
S
top by and check out the show any time on weekdays during business hours. Details below.

 

 

TECO Public Art Gallery Presents:
Double Vision | The Conceptual Pop Art of Mark Mitchell
A Solo Exhibition Curated by Debra Radke

Look deeper. Take in the mind-expanding, slyly subversive work of Mark Mitchell, Conceptual Pop Painter. See beyond the surface of the everyday. Delve into a world of eye-popping color and iconic imagery, ranging from playful themes to compelling social commentary. Explore a collection of twelve paintings that will challenge your mind while feeding your senses.
 
Exhibition Event Listing >> here.

RSVP to on facebook >> here.

Location:
TECO Public Art Gallery
702 N. Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Ongoing Exhibition:
Open Weekdays Only, 8am – 5pm
Continues through Thursday, February 27, 2020

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Group Pop Art show continues in Tampa

Fresh Poppeda group exhibition at MOSI continues through March 29th, 2020.
Three artists’ take on Pop Art, including five affordable canvas prints of mine. Details below.

 

MOSI

 

The MOSI Art Wall Presents:
Fresh Popped
A Group Exhibition Curated by Michael Knapp

Location:
MOSI – Museum of Science and Industry
4801 E. Fowler Avenue

Tampa, Florida 33617

Ongoing Exhibition:
Open Daily 10am – 5pm
Continues through Sund
ay, March 29, 2020

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Group show continues in St Pete

Looking Forward continues at The Cider Press Cafe in St Pete through Sunday, March 8th, 2020. The two-month show features a range of contemporary, innovative and futuristic works by local artists. You’ll find some affordable large-scale canvas prints of my pieces, each focusing on aspects of modern technology. Details below and on facebook >> here.

 


The Cider Press Cafe Presents:

Looking Forward, A New Decade
A Group Exhibition Curated by Margaret Juul Ammann

Location:
The Cider Press Café
601 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Ongoing Exhibition:
Open Daily 11am – 8pm
Continues through Sund
ay, March 8, 2020


More details, news and updates on the way! I invite you to follow my progress on this blog, and at the links below.

Thanks,
    
Conceptual Pop Painter + Multimedia Artistmarkmitchellstudio
Website  |  Mailing List  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter  |  YouTube  |   Tumblr

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Produced with the support of Creative Pinellas, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners

2020-02-01T14:09:08-05:00

Things are poppin’

 

 

Things are poppin’

 

When I agreed to do a weekly blog post as a Creative Pinellas grantee this year, I didn’t expect to have so many local shows running concurrently that I would need to promote. But as it happens, I‘m happy to say that I do! So, if you’ll bear with me, I’d like to add one more to the list that launches this weekend in an unexpected venue.

MOSI is Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry, a scientific playground with more than 100 hands-on activities for all ages. And it just so happens to have a talented artist-in-residence—fellow Pop Artist, Michael Knapp. Mike and I share a few stylistic tendencies and techniques in our work, and have been trading notes on our approach to painting lately. He graciously invited me to join him in sharing our work in Fresh Poppeda Group Exhibition showcased within the museum, opening February 1st. I paid Mike a visit at his studio space this week and dropped off five affordable canvas prints for the show. This ought to be fun! If you’re in the Tampa area, be sure to check it out.

Read on for pics and exhibit details—PLUS, scroll down further for pics from my recent Artist Talk + Solo Show @ TECO Public Art Gallery in Tampa.

 

MOSI

 

The MOSI Art Wall Presents:
Fresh Popped
A Group Exhibition Curated by Michael Knapp

Location:
MOSI – Museum of Science and Industry
4801 E. Fowler Avenue

Tampa, Florida 33617

Ongoing Exhibition:
Open Daily 10am – 5pm
Continues through Sund
ay, March 29, 2020

 

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Seeing double

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who came out to attend my Artist Talk + Tour reception for my solo show, Double Vision at TECO Public Art Gallery last week! It was a wonderful opportunity to share my background and the artistic influences, work process, stylistic preferences, and goals associated with my work. In addition to creating paintings that are visually appealing, I always strive to engage the viewers’ minds, as well as their eyes. 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.

The Artist Talk was a chance to engage with the viewers personally as well, and the curious questions and positive feedback I received were especially rewarding. Below are a few photos from the event, as well as details on the ongoing exhibition. In case you missed the reception, please feel free to stop by and check out the show any time on weekdays during business hours!

 

    

    

    

     

    

    

    

 

TECO Public Art Gallery Presents:
Double Vision | The Conceptual Pop Art of Mark Mitchell
A Solo Exhibition Curated by Debra Radke

Look deeper. Take in the mind-expanding, slyly subversive work of Mark Mitchell, Conceptual Pop Painter. See beyond the surface of the everyday. Delve into a world of eye-popping color and iconic imagery, ranging from playful themes to compelling social commentary. Explore a collection of twelve paintings that will challenge your mind while feeding your senses.
 
Exhibition Event Listing >> here.

RSVP to on facebook >> here.

Location:
TECO Public Art Gallery
702 N. Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Ongoing Exhibition:
Open Weekdays Only, 8am – 5pm
Continues through Thursday, February 27, 2020

 

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Group show continues in St Pete

Looking Forward continues at The Cider Press Cafe in St Pete through Sunday, March 8th, 2020. The two-month show features a range of contemporary, innovative and futuristic works by local artists. You’ll find some affordable large-scale canvas prints of my pieces, each focusing on aspects of modern technology.

Details below and on facebook >> here.

 

Looking Forward @ Cider Press

 

The Cider Press Cafe Presents:
Looking Forward, A New Decade
A Group Exhibition Curated by Margaret Juul Ammann

Location:
The Cider Press Café
601 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Ongoing Exhibition:
Open Daily 11am – 8pm
Continues through Sund
ay, March 8, 2020


More details, news and updates on the way! I invite you to follow my progress on this blog, and at the links below.

Thanks,
    
Conceptual Pop Painter + Multimedia Artistmarkmitchellstudio
Website  |  Mailing List  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter  |  YouTube  |   Tumblr

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Produced with the support of Creative Pinellas, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners

2020-01-23T10:35:51-05:00

Hi, my brand’s Mark. What’s yours?

 

 

Hi, my brand’s Mark. What’s yours?

 

Branding is an essential part of establishing yourself as an artist. I’ve just been reminded of its importance, having had the pleasure of beginning the Arts Business Academy at St Petersburg College. Because, in addition to the wonderful grant provided by Creative Pinellas this year, I’ve also been awarded one from another fine organization supporting local artists—St Petersburg Arts Alliance. Together with SPC, they offered select artists the chance to attend the course, courtesy of a partial scholarship to help defray the cost. So, in the interest of upping my professional art marketing game this year, I took the bait, and am happy I did. The first session focused on just that—treating your art career as a business, and building your brand.

The class is filled with artists of varying disciplines and experience, ranging from newbies to emerging to a bit more established. This workshop covered things like mission statements, identifying your audience and what you can uniquely offer them, composing an artist statement and bio, and even a tagline. With my background in advertising, I’m no stranger to these essential building blocks of branding. And having already prepared most of these elements for my art business, it was a great opportunity to double-check my work, and give some objective thought to the purpose and success of each.

Consistency of messaging is key. As an artist, my DBA is Mark Mitchell Studio LLC. My URL is markmitchellstudio.com. There you will find my bio, artist statement, CV, as well as influences, awards, and of course, my art. I’ve been using the tagline, “Look Deeper“ for years—to tease the idea that my art has multiple layers and subtext to be discovered. I sign my work with a logo of sorts—the MM icon also seen on my website, business cards and at the bottom of this blog. Additionally, I created the fingerprint-face image seen above as another branding element, to reinforce the idea that what I’m offering is all handmade, conceived and executed by yours truly, and uniquely my own. Because as an artist, we become intrinsically linked to the work we create. Our persona, image, and essence are tied to it, since it is ultimately the expression of our observations, thoughts, dreams, fears, and abilities. In this sense, we really do become our own brand.

One thing discussed in class that I realized needed my attention was the elevator pitch. The brief spiel you say to new acquaintances, to give them a quick snapshot of what you do. I don’t mind discussing my art with people, but how do you condense your story and description of your art down to a 30-second soundbite in simple, plain language that sounds intriguing enough to engage the listener? We learned there are three basic components:

1) Introduce yourself with a quick definition of what you do that will spark interest

2) Differentiate yourself with what’s unique about your work


3) Close with a call-to-action—tell them where they can learn more about your art.

So, by culling essential elements from my bio, artist statement and typical talking points, I worked out what I think is a decent first draft.
It may still need refinement, but without further ado, here is my elevator pitch:

 

“I’m Mark Mitchell, and I am an artist.

My style as a painter is Conceptual Pop Art.

I follow in the tradition of classic Pop Artists like
Rosenquist and Wesselmann — and put my own spin on it.

I believe in art that conveys ideas.

And by using meaningful symbolism and social commentary,
I try and encourage viewers to “look deeper”
— it’s kind of my mantra.

Because by exposing things that are hidden,
I like to invite the viewer in, challenge them to find meaning,
and ultimately see the world a little differently.

Come see what I mean this Friday!
I’m giving an Artist Talk at my Solo Show
at TECO Public Art Gallery in Tampa.”

 

Double Vision | Artist Talk

 

TECO Public Art Gallery Presents:
Double Vision | The Conceptual Pop Art of Mark Mitchell | Artist Talk + Tour
A Solo Exhibition Curated by Debra Radke

Look deeper. Take in the mind-expanding, slyly subversive work of Mark Mitchell, Conceptual Pop Painter. See beyond the surface of the everyday. Delve into a world of eye-popping color and iconic imagery, ranging from playful themes to compelling social commentary. Explore a collection of twelve paintings that will challenge your mind while feeding your senses.
 
Mark Mitchell will be at TECO Public Art Gallery on Fourth Friday, January 24, 2020 from 5pm – 7pm for an informal Talk + Tour of his exhibition. He will speak at 6pm about his inspiration, his work process and answer questions from attendees. There will be light refreshments. This event is FREE and open to the public. Please join us!
 
Exhibition Event Listing >> here.

RSVP to the Artist Talk + Tour Event on facebook >> here.

Location:
TECO Public Art Gallery
702 N. Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Fourth Friday Reception, Talk + Tour:
Friday, January 24, 2020
Open 5pm – 7pm  |  Artist Talk @ 6pm

Ongoing Exhibition:
Open Weekdays Only, 8am – 5pm
Continues through Thursday, February 27, 2020

 

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Group show continues in St Pete

Looking Forward continues at The Cider Press Cafe in St Pete through Sunday, March 8th, 2020. The two-month show features a range of contemporary, innovative and futuristic works by local artists. You’ll find some affordable large-scale canvas prints of my pieces, each focusing on aspects of modern technology.

Details below and on facebook >> here.

 

Looking Forward @ Cider Press

 

The Cider Press Cafe Presents:
Looking Forward, A New Decade
A Group Exhibition Curated by Margaret Juul Ammann

Location:
The Cider Press Café
601 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Ongoing Exhibition:
Open Daily 11am – 8pm
Continues through Sund
ay, March 8, 2020


More details, news and updates on the way! I invite you to follow my progress on this blog, and at the links below.

Thanks,
    
Conceptual Pop Painter + Multimedia Artistmarkmitchellstudio
Website  |  Mailing List  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter  |  YouTube  |   Tumblr

_________________________

Produced with the support of Creative Pinellas, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners

2020-01-22T17:00:05-05:00

Under the influence

 

 

Under the influence

Every artist has their influences, and I am no exception. I’ve been thinking about mine in preparation for my Artist Talk next week, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you here. I believe the visual stimuli we artists experience throughout our lives ultimately help shape our aesthetic, taste and tendencies as we strive to develop our own personal style in our work. 

Thinking back, my earliest visual memories as a child are filled with the vibrant, colorful imagery of saturday morning cartoons, cereal box characters, classic rock album covers, pop posters, sunday comics, MAD and LIFE magazines. It was a lot to process. My first young instincts were to draw, and try to replicate with crayons everything that I saw. Often, that meant drawing whatever my brothers and I were watching on TV. At six, I can even remember rendering a giant Campbell’s Soup can in my oversize sketch pad. Yes—somehow Andy Warhol‘s bold statement on consumerism and American banality had made its way into my barely-conscious consciousness.

I wish I still had that drawing. But I’m happy to have saved another childhood sketch—my version of the colorful Bob Dylan poster that hung on my older brother‘s bedroom wall. I drew it from memory during class in first grade. It wasn’t art class though, and when I got caught, I was escorted to the Principal’s office. I was sure I was in trouble, but instead the notoriously stern Catholic nun smiled for the first time ever that I recall, then offered me candy as a “prize”. Hmm… maybe there is something to this art thing. Later, I learned that iconic image was illustrated by none other than the “Godfather of Modern Design”, Milton Glaser. As a design student at Pratt NYC, I acquired a deeper appreciation of Glaser’s work, and recalled the impression it made on me at such a young age.

 

Dylan by Milton Glaser

 

Dylan by Mark Mitchell, Age 6 (after Milton Glaser)

 

While at Pratt, I also developed a great love of surrealism—especially the paintings of Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte. Their surprising use of unexpected elements and dream-like imagery had a profound impact on the direction I wanted to go with my art. And as a graphic designer, I grew more and more fond of the pop art movement—especially the work of artists like James Rosenquist and Tom Wesselmann. Like the surrealists, they also used diverse imagery in odd juxtaposition with one another that created a powerful effect when presented together.

Below are a range of my artistic influences that continue to help inspire, inform and guide me as I strive to establish my own style—with a few notes on each.

 

Salvador Dali — The surrealist master, utilizing dream symbolism to tap into our inner psych. My pilgrimage to his hometown, museum and studio in Spain is one I’ll never forget. I love that I live in the city where he created his own museum in America.

 

Rene Magritte — Like Dali, amazing dreamlike imagery, but with focused and simplified compositions, giving them a powerful poster-like quality. This one was cited as inspiration for the CBS logo.

 

Andy Warhol — Pop art pioneer who elevated mundane objects and mainstream personalities into high-art icons in his signature screen-print graphic style.

 

Roy Lichtenstein — Warhol-era pop art contemporary who presented comic book frames as bold graphic compositions in primary colors, revealing the coarse 4-color dot screen typically overlooked in their original form..

 

Peter Max — Often disregarded as overly commercial, I give him a lot of credit for making a huge splash and establishing his brand with psychedelic illustrations in the 1960s, then reinventing himself in later years with a looser, more painterly style. I met him at a gallery event several years ago, where he did an impromtu doodle and personalized the back of the piece I purchased.

 

James Rosenquist — My absolute biggest influence, a former billboard painter who leveraged his photo-realism skills in mural-size paintings that mashed-up advertising imagery to mysterious effect. I had the pleasure of attending a lecture of his years ago in NYC. He, too made the transition from New York to the Tampa Bay Area, and is regarded very highly in the art community here.

 

Jeff Koons — Wildly successful but highly controversial, he’s reviled and despised by some for his appropriation of images and use of a team to execute his concepts. But when your paintings look this cool, who can argue?

 

Edward Hopper — A reminder to me that the appearance of realism doesn’t need to be precisely rendered. An up-close view of Hopper’s paintings reveal an unexpected looseness, contributing to their soft-focus look. A master of light and shadow, as well as composition.

 

Keith Haring — Father of modern street art, he elevated the medium with his quirky stick figures and iconic imagery to deliver socially conscious messages. I can still remember seeing his originals on walls and subway platforms in NYC.

 

Banksy — Is it one guy, or a team of talented pranksters? Who cares? Banksy has taken bold street art to the next level with powerful socially relevant images around the world.

 

Shepard Fairey — Another modern street art pioneer, his iconic and well-crafted wheat paste murals carry messages of defiance and empowerment to public walls worldwide.

 

Ron English — Pop Surrealist and New York-based street artist who’s also an amazingly accomplished photo-realist painter. His work mashes up pop icons and major brands, satirizing and challenging the values of modern society. I was honored to be selected by juror Ron English to participate in a group show at Baton Rouge Gallery.

 

So, it’s these influences and more that contribute to the work I’m doing. By striking a balance between a bold, iconic pop aesthetic and a deeper symbolic context, my goal is to create art that captures, engages, and satisfies both the mind and the soul. To see how it all comes together, I invite you to join me for my upcoming Artist Talk + Tour of my solo exhibition, Double Vision  at TECO Public Art Gallery during Tampa’s monthly Fourth Friday event on January 24th. Read on for full exhibition details—and hope to see you there!

 

Double Vision | Artist Talk

 

TECO Public Art Gallery Presents:
Double Vision | The Conceptual Pop Art of Mark Mitchell | Artist Talk + Tour
A Solo Exhibition Curated by Debra Radke

Look deeper. Take in the mind-expanding, slyly subversive work of Mark Mitchell, Conceptual Pop Painter. See beyond the surface of the everyday. Delve into a world of eye-popping color and iconic imagery, ranging from playful themes to compelling social commentary. Explore a collection of twelve paintings that will challenge your mind while feeding your senses.
 
Mark Mitchell will be present on Fourth Friday, January 24, 2020 from 5pm – 7pm for an informal Talk + Tour of his exhibition. He will speak at 6:00 pm about his inspiration, his work process and answer questions from attendees. There will be light refreshments. This event is FREE and open to the public. Please join us!
 
Exhibition Event Listing >> here.

RSVP to the Artist Talk + Tour Event on facebook >> here.

Location:
TECO Public Art Gallery
702 N. Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Fourth Friday Reception, Talk + Tour:

Friday, January 24, 2020
Open 5pm – 7pm  |  Artist Talk @ 6pm

Ongoing Exhibition:

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 – Thursday, February 27, 2020
Open Weekdays 8am – 5pm

 

____________________________________________________________

 

Group show continues in St Pete

Looking Forward continues at The Cider Press Cafe in St Pete through Sunday, March 8th, 2020. The two-month show features a range of contemporary, innovative and futuristic works by local artists. You’ll find some affordable large-scale canvas prints of my pieces, each focusing on aspects of modern technology.

Details below and on facebook >> here.

 

Looking Forward @ Cider Press

 

The Cider Press Cafe Presents:
Looking Forward, A New Decade
A Group Exhibition Curated by Margaret Juul Ammann

Location:
The Cider Press Café
601 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Ongoing Exhibition:
Saturday, January 11, 2020 – Sunday, March 8, 2020
Open Daily 11am – 8pm


More details, news and updates on the way! I invite you to follow my progress on this blog, and at the links below.

Thanks,
    
Conceptual Pop Painter + Multimedia Artistmarkmitchellstudio
Website  |  Mailing List  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter  |  YouTube  |   Tumblr

_________________________

Produced with the support of Creative Pinellas, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners

2020-01-09T12:19:38-05:00

Showtime in Tampa/St Pete!

 

 

Showtime in Tampa!

It’s official—my solo exhibition Double Vision is now open to the public at TECO Public Art Gallery!
I spent the early part of the week transporting and prepping the first Tampa showcase of my work in three years.
In this blog post, take a look behind the scenes as I collaborate with curator Debra Radke
assisted by Michael Murphy, and we make some decisions and fine-tune the presentation.

Feel free to stop by TECO Public Art Gallery any time during business hours to check it out—
and don’t miss the special reception and Artist Talk later in January during Tampa’s monthly Fourth Friday event.
Read on for full exhibition details—and hope to see you there!

 

    

    

    

   

 

TECO Public Art Gallery Presents:
Double Vision | The Conceptual Pop Art of Mark Mitchell
A Solo Exhibition Curated by Debra Radke

Look deeper. Take in the mind-expanding, slyly subversive work of Mark Mitchell, Conceptual Pop Painter.
See beyond the surface of the everyday. Delve into a world of eye-popping color and iconic imagery, ranging from playful themes to
compelling social commentary. Explore a collection of twelve paintings that will challenge your mind while feeding your senses.
 
Mark Mitchell will be present on Fourth Friday, January 24, 2020 from 5pm – 7pm for an
informal Talk and Tour of his exhibition. He will speak at 6:00 pm about his inspiration, his current projects
and answer questions from attendees. There will be light refreshments.
This event is FREE and open to the public. Please join us!
 
Official Event Listing >> here.

RSVP on facebook >> here.

Location:
TECO Public Art Gallery
702 N. Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Exhibition Schedule:
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 – Thursday, February 27, 2020
Open Weekdays 8am – 5pm

Fourth Friday Reception, Talk and Tour:
Friday, January 24, 2020
Open 5pm – 7pm  |  Artist Talk @ 6pm

 

____________________________________________________________

 

Group show opens this Saturday in St Pete!

I’m also happy to share details on my participation in a unique group exhibition in St Pete opening this weekend!
Looking Forward will be launching at The Cider Press Cafe in St Pete on 2nd Saturday, January 11th.
The two-month show will feature a range of contemporary, eco-driven, recycled, innovative and futuristic works by local artists.
It will feature some affordable large-scale canvas prints of my pieces, each focusing on aspects of modern technology.

Details below. RSVP on facebook >> here.

 

    

 

The Cider Press Cafe Presents:
Looking Forward, A New Decade
A Group Exhibition Curated by Margaret Juul Ammann

Location:
The Cider Press Café
601 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Opening Reception:
Saturday, January 11, 2020
5pm – 9pm

Ongoing Exhibition:
Saturday, January 11, 2020 – Sunday, March 8, 2020
Open Daily 11am – 8pm


More details, news and updates on the way! I invite you to follow my progress on this blog, and at the links below.

Thanks,
    
Conceptual Pop Painter + Multimedia Artistmarkmitchellstudio
Website  |  Mailing List  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter  |  YouTube  |   Tumblr

2020-01-03T11:12:53-05:00

2020 Double Vision

 

 

2020 Double Vision

Happy New Year! As promised, you’ll find the official announcement below for Double Vision
my upcoming 2-month solo exhibition at TECO Public Art Gallery. I’m excited to be showcasing my work in Tampa
for the first time in three years! The show will open to the public early next week, with a special reception and
artist talk later in January during Tampa’s monthly Fourth Friday event.
Read on for full exhibition details—and hope to see you there!

 

 

TECO Public Art Gallery Presents:
Double Vision | The Conceptual Pop Art of Mark Mitchell
A Solo Exhibition Curated by Debra Radke

Look deeper. Take in the mind-expanding, slyly subversive work of Mark Mitchell, Conceptual Pop Painter.
See beyond the surface of the everyday. Delve into a world of eye-popping color and iconic imagery, ranging from playful themes to
compelling social commentary. Explore a collection of twelve paintings that will challenge your mind while feeding your senses.
 
Mark Mitchell will be present on Fourth Friday, January 24, 2020 from 5pm – 7pm for an
informal Talk and Tour of his exhibition. He will speak at 6:00 pm about his inspiration, his current projects
and answer questions from attendees. There will be light refreshments.
This event is FREE and open to the public. Please join us!

 
Official Event Listing >> here.

RSVP on facebook >> here.

Location:
TECO Public Art Gallery
702 N. Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Exhibition Schedule:
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 – Thursday, February 27, 2020
Open Weekdays 8am – 5pm

Fourth Friday Reception, Talk and Tour:
Friday, January 24, 2020
Open 5pm – 7pm  |  Artist Talk @ 6pm

 

 

 

— ALSO COMING SOON —

The Cider Press Cafe Presents:
Looking Forward, A New Decade
A Group Exhibition Curated by Margaret Juul Ammann

This two-month group show will launch at The Cider Press Cafe in St Pete on 2nd Saturday, January 11th
and feature three affordable large canvas prints of my pieces, each focusing on aspects of modern technology.

More details, news and updates on the way. I invite you to follow my progress on this blog, and at the links below.

Thanks,
    
Conceptual Pop Painter + Multimedia Artistmarkmitchellstudio
Website  |  Mailing List  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter  |  YouTube  |   Tumblr

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