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Robin Mitchell
updated: 02/15/2012
website: www.robinmitchell.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
dimensions
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Third Eye
Canoodle
Rattle
Camera Obscura
Blithe Spirits
Vamoose
Jour de Fete
Talisman
RM 08 10
RM 08 17
RM 08 14
Code 42
Code 43
Code 44
Code 4
 
Portfolio Keywords:  gestural, abstract, meditative, obsessive, optical, pattern, spiritual, repetition
 
 
Third Eye by Robin Mitchell
Third Eye
gouache on paper
2010
24" x  18" 
Canoodle by Robin Mitchell
Canoodle
gouache on paper
2010
24" x  18" 
Rattle by Robin Mitchell
Rattle
gouache on paper
2010
24" x  18" 
Camera Obscura by Robin Mitchell
Camera Obscura
gouache on paper
2010
24" x  18" 
Blithe Spirits by Robin Mitchell
Blithe Spirits
gouache on paper
2011
24" x  18" 
Vamoose by Robin Mitchell
Vamoose
gouache on paper
2011
24" x  18" 
Jour de Fete by Robin Mitchell
Jour de Fete
gouache on paper
2011
24" x  18" 
Talisman by Robin Mitchell
Talisman
gouache on paper
2011
24" x  18" 
RM 08 10 by Robin Mitchell
RM 08 10
gouache on paper
2008
24 " x  18 " 
RM 08 17 by Robin Mitchell
RM 08 17
gouache on paper
2008
24" x  18" 
RM 08 14 by Robin Mitchell
RM 08 14
gouache on paper
2008
24" x  18" 
Code 42 by Robin Mitchell
Code 42
gouache on paper
2007
24" x  18" 
Code 43 by Robin Mitchell
Code 43
gouache on paper
2007
24" x  18" 
Code 44 by Robin Mitchell
Code 44
gouache on paper
2007
16" x  12" 
Code 4 by Robin Mitchell
Code 4
gouache on paper
2006
14.25" x  10.25" 

Artist Statement

My artwork is involved with the act of mark making and how the mark in its abstract nature is able to communicate and transcend itself to evoke both the tangible and the ineffable. The paintings are multi-layered compositions of marks, gestures, and brushstrokes that are both literal and referential to landscape, trees, plants, buildings, and a variety of natural forms. This layering results in an overlap of the abstract, the nonobjective, the representational, the referential, and the evocative

 

Over the years my artwork has evolved from formal concerns to embrace a more spiritual imagery alluding to aspects of nature, both of the natural world and of human nature. My earliest artwork was an exploration of abstract expressionist painting, most of it rooted in landscape. Like many young artists I tried on many styles and approaches to see how they suited me and to understand how I interpreted them. From the beginning I seemed to be more interested in mark making and the vocabulary of painting, rather than the translation of a three-dimensional world onto a two-dimensional surface.

 

In many of my paintings there is a strong central imagery that is reflective of my identity, both physically and psychologically. In earlier work there was often a vertical column of bead-like forms, alluding to the spine, a symbol of both my inner strength and physical body as in the paintings. As the imagery evolved this spine-like column evolved to take on the characteristics of a tree, a plant, and then flower forms. Symmetry continues to be an essential aspect of much of my artwork.

 

I am in the midst of a body of work that is obsessive, detailed, and very hand involved. Some of the recent paintings are extremely close-up or almost microscopic investigations of the themes that I have been exploring in my work for a long time -- symmetry, mark-making, gesture, and a kind of organic growth of thought and image. It is as if I have traveled inside the visual arena of each painting, moving deeper into the core of the image. 

Artist Bio / CV

RECENT SOLO EXHIBITS
2011

Treasure Maps, Craig Krull Gallery

2009

New Paintings Craig Krull Gallery 

2007
Code Paintings, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Robin Mitchell Paintings,Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2008

It’s Gouache and Gouache OnlyAndrea Meislin Gallery New York, NY

Some Paintings: The Third L.A. Weekly Annual Biennial, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2007
Exquisite Acts & Everyday Rebellions, Cal Arts, Valencia
2006

Off the Wall: Murals,Armory Arts Center,Pasadena, CA
Immodesty, Another Year in LA,Los Angeles
2002
L.A. Post Cool, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA and Otis College of Art
2001
The Importance of Being Earnest, Occidental College, Los Angeles
1998
City of Los Angeles (COLA) Exhibition, LA Municipal Art Gallery
1997
Plastered, Shoshana Wayne Gallery,Santa Monica, CA
1996
Feminist Directions 1970/1996, Sweeny Art Gallery, UC Riverside
True. Bliss., LA Contemporary Exhibitions
Teeming, Post, Los Angeles
1995

Restless Voices: Abstractions from Los Angeles, Skidmore College,Saratoga Springs, NY
Surface Tension, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum,Santa Barbara, CA
1994
Embraceable You: Current Abstraction, Selby Gallery,Ringling School of Art, Sarasota, FL

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2009
Miles, Christopher, Art Around Town, L.A. Weekly, March 13-19,2009

2007
Mallinson, Constance, Robin Mitchell at Jancar Gallery, Art in America, Sept. 2007
Pagel, David, Robin Mitchell at Craig Krull Gallery, Los Angeles Times, July 13, 2007
2002
Duncan, Michael, L.A. Post Cool, San Jose Museum of Art
Cooper, Bernard, In the Raw, Los Angeles Magazine, Dec. 2002
2001
Duncan, Michael, The Importance of Being Earnest
1997
Schor, Mira, Wet: On painting, Feminism, and Art Culture, Duke University Press
1996
Jones, Amelia and Laura Meyer, Feminist Directions 1970/1996, Sweeny Art Gallery, UC Riverside
Joyce, Julie, True. Bliss. Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions

AWARDS & HONORS
2006 California Community Foundation Visual Artist Fellowship
1997 City of Los Angeles Visual Artists Grant
1996 Anonymous Was a Woman Award
1987 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

EDUCATION
California Institute of the Arts
MFA 1974      BFA 1972