Donald Mitchell


도널드 미첼 (b. 1951)


도널드 미첼은 캘리포니아주 오클랜드에 있는 크리에이티브 그로스 아트 센터 스튜디오에서 1986년부터 활발히 활동하고 있는 작가이다. 발달장애를 가지고 있음에도 불구하고 그만의 독창적인 표현기법과 주제에 대한 집요한 고찰은 많은 비평가로부터 찬사를 받았다.


보일듯 말듯한 캐릭터들이 서로 기대고 있는 모습과 그의 작업에서 서서히 드러나고 있는 이미지는 인간들이 서로 상호작용하고 있는 모습을 형상화한다. 그의 초기작업을 보면 형상들이 수많은 드로잉 흔적으로 가려져있는 것을 볼 수 있는데 시간이 지남에 따라 우연적이면서도 반복적인 패턴과 뚜렷한 인간형상들을 볼 수 있다. 


도널드 미첼의 작품도록 ‘Donald Mitchell: Right Here Right Now’ (크리에이티브 그로스 센터 출판)은 저명한 미술 비평가와 큐레이터들(Tom di Maria, Lucienne Piery, Frank Maresca and Lyle Rexer, Colin Rhodes)의 공동작업으로 출판되었다. 


도널드 미첼의 작품은 미주내에 많은 전시와 미디어에 소개되었을 뿐만아니라 저명한 박물관 콜렉션(밀워키 미술관(밀워키, 미국), 버클리 미술관(버클리, 미국), 아르브뤼 콜렉션(로잔, 스위스), 가빈 브라운 엔터프라이즈(뉴욕, 미국), 임파르 갤러리(파리, 프랑스), 예르바 부에나 아트 센터(산프란시스코, 미국) 및 레나 브랜스텐 갤러리(산프란시스코, 미국)에도 소장이 되어있다.

Donald Mitchell and his work epitomizes a purely authentic and personal engagement of creating as a lifelong investment in the exploration of mark making, intuition, and self-expression. Mitchell has been producing his drawings and paintings at the Creative Growth Art Center, a studio for artists with disabilities, in California since 1986. 


It is intriguing to witness Mitchell’s radical development in art making over time, especially since he had shown no interest in creating before his program at the center. Mitchell’s initial works were covered with obsessive mark making and dark scribbles that obliterated any trace of an underlying image. However, the buried faces and figures gradually emerged over time and began to populate his canvases, softly voicing his personal story. 


Mitchell’s prolific work and his mysterious world of figures has now become one of the most sought-out works and has been collected nationally and internationally at the Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee), Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley), Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (New York), Collection de L’Art Brut (Lausanne, Switzerland), Galerie Impaire (Paris), Rena Bransten Gallery (San Francisco) and numerous others.


text by Jina Choi



PUBLICATIONS

Selected

Collections

The Collection de l’Art Brut

Lausanne, in LaM in Villeneuve d’Ascq

The Museum of Everything

The collection abcd/Bruno Decharme

The collection of Claudia Röschl, Austria.


Selected

exhibitions

2020

Outsider Art Fair, New York

Monochromatic Minds, Jennifer Lauren Gallery, London

Inter-Avant-Garde, Roger Center for Fine Arts, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln


2019

Outsider Art Fair, New York

Outsider Art Fair, Paris

CE x CG x NIAD, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco


2018

Outsider Art Fair, Paris

New Art Dealers Alliance Fair, New York

Outsider Art Fair, New York

D’Dessin Art Fair, Paris

Visual Oasis: Works from Creative Growth, Carson City


2017

D’Dessin Paris Contemporary Drawing Fair, Paris

Outsider Art Fair, New York


2016

Duvel Moortgat Fund, MADmusée Liège, Belgium

New Art Dealers Alliance Fair, Miami

American Dream, Direct Art Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany

Outsider Art Fair, Paris

Large Drawings, Home, 836M, San Francisco, CA

Casale Monferrato Castle, Italy

Art Fair Tokyo, Tokyo Art Osaka, Osaka

D’Dessin Paris Contemporary Drawing Fair, Paris


2015

Vis-à-vis, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, curated by Michael Mahalchick

Outsider Art Fair, New York

D’Dessin Paris Contemporary Drawing Fair, Paris

Art Fair Tokyo, Tokyo

Extra Celestial, Crosstown Art, Memphis


2014

Mental Contours III. – Lines of Force, Artinbox Gallery, Prague

Outsider Art Fair, Paris

Outsider Art Fair, New York

D’Dessin Paris Contemporary Drawing Fair, Paris

    

2013

Outsider Art Fair, New York

Creative Growth, Galerie Art Cru, Berlin

Creative Growth, Park Life Gallery, San Francisco

D’Dessin Paris Contemporary Drawing Fair, Paris

Almost Home, Diego Rivera Gallery (SFAI), San Francisco

Margins to Mainstream: Contemporary Artists with Disabilities, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa

Outsider Artists, Oakland Museum of California at the Oakland International Airport, Oakland, curated by Philip Linhares


2012

Cutlog Art Fair, Paris

Outsider Art Fair, New York

Independent Art Fair, New York

Frieze Art Fair, New York

D’Dessin Paris Contemporary Drawing Fair, Paris    

Creative Growth, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, curated by Amie Scally

Inside Out, Galleri NordNorge, Harstad, Norway

Different and Special, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea

John Hiltunen +1, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, curated by Matthew Higgs


2011    

Revealed, Galerie Drylewicz, Paris

New Art Dealers Association Fair, Miami

Insider/Outsider Art: Selections from Bay Area Collections, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek

Exhibition #4, Museum of Everything, London

McGuire Furniture, San Francisco and New York

Outsider Art Fair, New York

Manhattan House, New York


2010    

Visions of Paradise, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma

Georg Jensen, New York

Outsider Art Fair, New York

In The House, MadMusée, Belgium


2009    

Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin

Revealing the Human, Arts Project, Melbourne

Again and Again, Galerie Impaire, Paris

Outsider Art Fair, New York


2008    

Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider Art, Chicago

Bienal de Arte Contemporaneo Funcacion Once, Madrid

Queens Nails Annex, San Francisco, curated by Julio Morales


2007    

Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles

ABCD, Paris

Observer Event, New York


2006    

Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles

Berenberg Gallery, Boston

Visionary Output: Work by Creative Growth Artists, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne

Armory Art Fair, New York

Outsider Art Fair, New York


2005

New Art Dealers Association Fair, Miami

Intuit Fair of Folk and Outsider Art

White Columns, New York

Leon Borensztein and His Friends: A Look At Creative Growth Artists and Their Work, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, curated by René de Guzman and Tom di Maria


2004    

Outsider Art Fair, New York


2003    

Lucky Tackle Gallery, Oakland


2002    

Southern Exposure, San Francisco