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 tin mining which provided him with all the necessary skills in working with stone.
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.
Mitchell’s works have been widely exhibited at home and abroad with sculptures in numerous public collections including the Tate Gallery in London, the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in California, the National Gallery of New South Wales in Australia, and the National Gallery of Wellington in New Zealand.
Denis MitchellTolgussigned, dated 1966 and titled on base
number 1 from an edition of 5polished bronze on slateheight 47.5 cms (18¾ 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 MitchellPenhalesigned, dated 1970 and titled on base
number 7 from an edition of 7bronze on slateheight: 14.5 cms (5¾ 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)