Picturemaker Charles Mitchell is a Wisconsin resident whose works are attracting national attention for both their form and revelatory content. Recognized by the Vermont Studio Center of Johnson, BT (three residencies) and the Southwest Association for Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM (fellowships and grant to further works in progress), Mr. Mitchell's works have been shown at such museums as Chicago's Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium; Wisconsin's Leigh Yawkey Woodson and Charles Allis museums; The Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ; the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, NM, and the Iteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, IN.

Charles Mitchell began his career as an art apprentice in Chicago, mastering the elements of drawing, design, and painting. He first achieved recognized success as a figurative illustrator, receiving awards by the Society of Illustrators (New York, NY) and the Artist's Guild (Chicago, IL). For more than a decade he successfully created works in the realist tradition--a style of practice that Mr. Mitchell describes as "survival art."

A strong interest in the natural sciences led him to undertake a ten-year study of animal and plant life with particular emphasis on the aquatic environment. Mitchell's evolving form of interpretive realism received many state and national awards, including one by the American Artist Magazine for his piece entitled "Aqua-borealis."

Simultaneously with this evolution he began a personal journey to explore his Native American roots (he is an enrolled member of the Ft. Peck Tribes of Montana). Recalling to service his figurative drawing skills, he began a picture series of ethnic portrayals culminating in a self-designed/published book "Sing Back My Bones" (1997) which also included poetry by the noted Wisconsin poet, Ellen Kort.

Discovery and utilization of several printmaking processes (monotype, pochoir, etc.) accelerated his quest for greater unification of both the material subject and the space/time environment: describing such indescribable elements as time, soulfulness, and hidden nature brought into light. Charles employs in his work organic and inorganic methods – roots, horse hair, corn husks, and anything that he feels will make an interesting texture.

Mr. Mitchell has also been strongly involved in promoting public interest and understanding of the art-making process. He has given demonstrations on printmaking at schools, corporations and galleries, and has participated in an art apprentice program where young people are given the opportunity to work and study with a professional artist, increasing the student's knowledge of the artist's unique way of seeing things.

For Originals or for more information please contact Charles Mitchell at charlesmitchellart@gmail.com or call 920.475.1380.

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