MARK MITCHELL

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Lives: St. Petersburg, Florida
Hometown: Scarsdale, New York
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Mark Mitchell is an International Multimedia Artist, specializing in painting Conceptual Pop Art. As an SVA student, Pratt graduate and former advertising Creative Director, he has spent his entire career honing his visual and communication skills.

In recent years, Mitchell’s work has been exhibited during ART BASEL MIAMI at SCOPE and SELECT FAIR, SEE | ME Exhibitions at THE LOUVRE and ARMORY ARTS WEEK NYC, GASPARILLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, and featured on FOX13-TV GOOD MORNING TAMPA BAY. In 2014 and 2016, he was awarded 3 times as ARTSLANT PRIZE SHOWCASE WINNER.

He is currently participating in the 2015 EXQUISITE CORPSE project, an ongoing international touring group show which debuted at the MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS St Pete last Fall. In early 2016, he launched HIDDEN AGENDA: The Conceptual Pop Art of Mark Mitchell— a large-scale solo multimedia month-long exhibition at THE MELVIN GALLERY at Florida Southern College, Lakeland FL. He also won a Purchase Award at GASPARILLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS 2016 in Tampa.

Always in pursuit of “The Big Idea”, Mark has learned how to put concept first, and manipulate imagery to surprise, provoke and reward the viewer. Whether the medium is painting, photography, design, music, spoken word or video, he reaches for everything in his toolbox that can help achieve that goal — sometimes all of the above.

Today, Mitchell’s approach as a fine artist is to draw on the power of mass media and pop culture, while repurposing its icons, imagery and techniques to deliver a more personal artistic statement. Through the use of meaningful juxtaposition and social commentary, his work is an exploration of the irony, contradiction, parallels and harmony to be found in 21st-century life.