WISH YOU WERE HERE, PAINTINGS BY GARRY MITCHELL
Garry Mitchell has always been fascinated by maps. Through various elements of design, from typography to color theory to data visualization, they beautifully capture complex notions about space, scale, typography, politics, and much more. For Mitchell, it's interesting to use maps to explore the elusive intersection of the traditional and the experimental. Maps as a medium become a conceptual tool for abstract representation.
A graduate of University of Hawaii and Pratt Institute, Garry Mitchell has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He has received fellowships from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, among other places, and grants from the Ford Foundation, the Massachusetts Arts Council, the Arizona Arts Commission, and the Maryland Commission on the Arts. He’s exhibited in many cities, including New York (Barbara Toll Gallery, The Hyde Collection, Damon Brandt Gallery, The Drawing Center, Claudia Carr Gallery, Nancy Margolis Gallery, and Art in General); in Boston (Alpha Gallery) and Tokyo (Japanese International art Expo, and Zephyrus Contemporary Art.). In Maine, he’s been included in Biennials at the Portland Museum of Art, and Maine Center for Contemporary Art. He has had solo exhibitions with the Colby College Museum of Art, University of Maine-Farmington, Maine Center for Contemporary Art, and ICON Contemporary Art. (ICON represents Mitchell’s work in Maine).
He teaches studio art at Colby College and this semester he is the coordinator of the senior studio art majors. He lives in North Yarmouth, Maine, with his wife and son.