Keith Mitchell’s paintings, drawings, and assemblages of the 1970’s through ’90’s saw an exploration of themes inspired by utopian archetypes, ancient iconography, and the transcendental voyage of artist as poet. Mitchell’s large-scale canvases, constructions and assemblages functioned on various levels of symbolism that contributed to a dynamic interplay of rational and intuitive contemplation.
In recent years, Mitchell’s interest has shifted to exploring new possibilities within the digital photographic medium. Influenced by modernist photography and architecture, Mitchell has come to focus his attention on the effect of light and shadow on geometric shapes he has assembled to form sculptural models.
Each model is comprised of interchangeable wooden components that offer a choice of multiple photographic viewpoints. The variation in abstract forms and placements allows for the capture of strategically placed light on detail, as well as the entirety of each model. He draws comparison of these variations to classical music and jazz, where in the motivic development there are variations in the melody.
Keith Mitchell was born in 1947 in Calgary, Alberta. Subsequent to obtaining a diploma in fine art from the Alberta College of Art in 1971, Mitchell spent extended time at Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. His work has been exhibited at private and public galleries and is represented in a number of private collections across North America.
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