Denis Mitchell 1912-1993
Sculptor, painter and teacher, Mitchell grew up near Swansea, attending art classes at Swansea School of Art before moving to the St Ives area of Cornwall in 1938. A series of jobs followed over the years, including market gardening and tin mining during which time he pursued his painting seriously.
In 1949 he became Barbara Hepworth's assistant working with her for ten years. In the same year he co-founded the Penwith Society, and in 1957 began Porthis Textile Prints. It was during this time that he took up sculpture himself, initially in wood with his first bronze sculpture in 1959. By 1960 Mitchell was teaching at the Penzance Grammar and Redruth School of Art. Winning the Arts Council Award in 1966 enabled Mitchell to become a full-time sculptor, living and working in Newlyn.
From 1957, Mitchell’s works have been exhibited both in England and abroad, including Waddington Galleries in London and Bianchini Gallery in New York.
The Tate Gallery, London
The Arts Council of Great Britain
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Somerville College, Oxford
Churchill College, Cambridge
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
National Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
National Gallery of Wellington, New Zealand
Cornwall County Council
Denis MitchellCarracksigned with artist's initials, titled and dated 1961 on base
artist's cast from an edition of 6bronze on slateheight: 99 cms (39 ins)
Denis MitchellBoleighsigned with initials, dated 1990 and titled on basedelabole slate unique33 x 33 cms (13 x 13 ins)
Denis MitchellGanillsigned, dated 1986 and inscribed on base
numbered 1 from an edition of 7bronze on slate base17.5 x 29 cms (7 x 11½ ins)
Denis MitchellGughsigned with artist's initials, dated '79 and titled on basebronze on slate baseheight: 14 cms (5½ ins)
Denis MitchellPaphossigned and dated 1975
titled versooil on gesso prepared board35.5 x 10 cms (14 x 4 ins)
framed: 48.5 x 23 cms (19 x 9 ins)
Denis MitchellPoldhusigned with initials, dated 1980 and titled on base
number 5 from an edition of 7polished bronze on slateheight: 17.5 cms (7 ins)
Denis MitchellSkiddaw 1974signed, inscribed and dated '74 on base
this piece is uniquehonister slate on stone base30.5 x 86.5 x 16.5 cms (12 x 34 x 6½ ins)
Denis MitchellVariations on a Theme, 4signed with initials and dated 1970
also signed, dated and numbered on base 1/9
with Morris Singer Foundry stampbronze on slate baseheight: 18.5 cms (7 ins)
Denis MitchellTalmoresigned with artist's initials, dated 1974 and titled on base
number 2 from an edition of 7bronze on slate baseheight: 62 cms (24½ ins)
ST IVES - MODERN BRITISH - CONTEMPORARY15 - 31 May 2019This exhibition will include a key Barbara Hepworth painting from 1961 and two Patrick Herons from the same era, along with works by Julian Trevelyan and John Tunnard all from Private Collections. The Nine British Art has always been well-regarded for sculpture and is delighted to have two recent Denis...