Dean Mitchell

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Dean Mitchell (born 1957) is an American figurative artist who works primarily in watercolor and oil paint. His subjects, derived largely from African American culture, have been cited for their emotional depth, avoidance of facile sentimentality, and accomplished sense of formal design.[1]

Mitchell was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1957, and raised in Quincy, Florida.[2][3][4]

Mitchell's artwork has been the subject of numerous articles, and is represented in museum and corporate collections, including the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Saint Louis Art Museum.[5] His life is the subject of an illustrated book for children, Against All Odds: Artist Dean Mitchell's Story.


  1. ^ Dean Mitchell's soul-satisfying art exhibit now at Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. Tampa Retrieved July 31, 2010.
  2. ^ Biography, Florida Blackloquence of his concentration and touch."
  3. ^ Kimmelman, Michael. A Black World Of Ins and Outs. New York Times, April 26, 2002. Retrieved July 31, 2010.
  4. ^ For cultural critic Reginald Gant, Mitchell’s art "comes right out of the African-American experience. It’s the result of an aural construct—‘call and response’—that evolved during slavery (one group of slaves would sing out, and another group would respond). Imperative in these exchanges were issues of faith, trust, and perseverance."
  5. ^ Biography. Autry National Center. Retrieved July 31, 2010.

Dean Mitchell - One Man Show - March 22–23, 2012 in St. Augustine, FL


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