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.


Public Collections.


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