John Mitchell

Studio Building
Studio Interior
Studio Location
Cone, 12x9", Oil on Canvas, 2013
Zero G and I Feel Fine, 40x56", Oil on Canvas, 2012
HJM, 12x16", Oil on Panel, 2013
Down on Aix, 25x30", Oil on Linen, 2011-12
First Encounter, 12x9", Oil on Canvas, 2013
Artist's Statement

I am working in the tradition of every artist who ever tried to visualize heaven. My lifelong fascination with cinema and the art of special effects for film are influences on my work, as is the history of painting and printmaking, architectural models, and the toys I played with as a child.

In my work I am creating an imagined other place; where angelic beings go about their alien lives. I love the idea of a low-tech painting made of colored earth - striving to picture what might exist way out there in orbit around any one of the billions of stars we can see when we look up at the night sky.


I grew up in Southeast Missouri, have a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University. Since 2003, I have had the good fortune to work as a contractual educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The research I do in the museum and everything that I’ve learned over the years about hosting the collection has been a great source of inspiration to my own work. I currently live and work in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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