Artist Talk and Reception with Dean Mitchell
Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Members: $25 | Non-Members: $50
Dean Mitchell, the current Encounters artist, will be leading an artist talk of his exhibition on Thursday, March 10 at 6 p.m., followed by a reception.
The engaging works of this master watercolorist from Tampa, FL encompass portraits, landscapes and still lifes in the time-honored realist tradition. In addition to watercolor, Mitchell is accomplished in other media including egg tempera, oil and pastel. His reputation hinges largely on his superb craftsmanship, the emotional depth of his work, his avoidance of facile sentimentality, and his skilled sense of formal design.
Mitchell engages with Black Identity by drawing his subjects mainly from African American culture. Of his preferred subject matter, he notes, “Artists are observers of life, and it is natural that I would first gravitate to the space which I occupy. The neighborhoods I was raised in were segregated. Most of my teachers were Black. Churches I attended were Black, so it is natural for me as an artist to create works that reflect my own personal experience.”