Archives for Mitchell, Dean

Capturing the Human Experience

An elderly woman in her Sunday-best hat, a father carrying his son on his shoulder, a man waiting at a bus stop, another asleep in his favorite chair. These evocative images of humble, hard-working people who are often overlooked by the world at large are so powerful in their simplicity that they motivated one New York art critic to describe their creator, Dean Mitchell, as a “modern-day Vermeer.” “My work is primarily about the human experience,” Mitchell says. “I want it to be a commentary on the reality of life as lived by the ordinary people in this country.” Read
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A Journey of My Life

The life that Dean Mitchell knew in the poverty stricken rural area where he grew up in many ways can be glimpsed by looking at his art. Dean Mitchell (Florida) Snow Hills Watercolor 20″ By 30″ I love the white of the snow on the land in winter. It is beautiful, airy, and peaceful. Dean Mitchell (Florida) Winter On Gillham Road Watercolor 12″ By 16″ This winter scene is in the greater Kansas City area, about a block or two from the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. I traveled this road many times when I was a teacher at the
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