Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell

St Petersburg, FL, United States

About Mark Mitchell

I am a multimedia artist, specializing in painting Conceptual Pop Art, as seen during ART BASEL MIAMI at SCOPE and SELECT FAIR, SEE | ME Exhibitions at THE LOUVRE and ARMORY ARTS WEEK NYC, GASPARILLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, TAMPA and featured on FOX13-TV GOOD MORNING TAMPA BAY.

As a Pratt graduate, SVA student and former advertising Creative Director, I have spent my career honing my visual and communication skills.

Always in pursuit of “The Big Idea”, I have learned how to put concept first, and manipulate imagery to surprise, provoke and reward the viewer. Whether the medium is painting, photography, design, music, spoken word or video, I reach for everything in the toolbox that can help achieve that goal — sometimes all of the above.

Today, my approach as an artist is to draw on the power of mass media and pop culture, while repurposing its icons, imagery and techniques to deliver a more personal artistic statement. Through the use of meaningful juxtaposition and social commentary, my work is an exploration of the irony, contradiction, parallels and harmony to be found in 21st-century life.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Look deeper.
In a world where we are bombarded every day by images through mass media, what makes any single image resonate with the viewer? What makes it meaningful? What makes it memorable?

The art that has always appealed to me has never been just a pretty picture. It's had some extra intangible quality that gave me pause to reflect. Some unique perspective, sense of mystery, an ironic twist or surprising technique that required me to stop, pay close attention, and actually think.

This kind of eye-opening art can be especially meaningful today, when it's becoming increasingly difficult to take anything at face value. We are living in a land of artifice. Spin is the order of the day, as we find ourselves surrounded by a circus of Hollywood celebrities, marketers, politicians, pop stars and special-interest groups"”all out to convince us that their story is the one to believe. But when we pull back the curtain, we often find that what we see, is not nearly what we get.

At its core, my work is an attempt at a wake-up-call, by exposing things that may otherwise be hidden from view. Each piece is intended to catch you, the viewer off-guard, invite you in for further exploration of its elements, and challenge you to make connections, find meaning, and ultimately see differently some aspect of the world in which we live.

Education

Pratt Institute, New York, NY
School Of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Exhibitions

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
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2021

HYATT HOUSE | HOTEL COMMISSION
Selected as Featured Artist for Lobby + Common Areas
Hyatt House Tampa Airport Westshore, Tampa, FL

PROJECT G.O.A.T | CHARITY AUCTION @ ZOOTAMPA
Selected Artist in High-Profile Super Bowl Weekend Event
ZooTampa, Tampa, FL

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2020

CREATIVE LOAFING | BEST OF THE BAY WINNER
Reader’s Choice for Best Visual Artist, 2nd Place
Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR on ARTSY
Four Originals Featured in Group Exhibition
ARTSY.net | Presented by BG GALLERY, Santa Monica, CA

DOUBLE VISION | SOLO EXHIBITION @ TECO, TAMPA
The Conceptual Pop Art of Mark Mitchell
TECO Public Art Gallery, Tampa, FL

FRESH POPPED @ MOSI, TAMPA
Featured Artist, Pop Art Group Exhibition
Museum of Science & Industry, Tampa, FL

CREATIVE PINELLAS | ARTIST GRANT + EXHIBITION
Emerging Artist Grantee 2019-2020
Creative Pinellas, La
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2019

“INTRO Pt 2” @ GAZE MODERN
Featured in Annual Invitational Group Exhibition
GAZE Modern Gallery, Sarasota, FL

GREAT BAY COMMISSION
Original Piece Commissioned for Corporate Collection
Great Bay Distributing, St Petersburg, FL
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2018

REALIZE BRADENTON: PUBLIC ART
Jury-Selected Artist for Public Art Commission
Bradenton, FL

“FLORIDA’S FINEST”, SARASOTA
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD in Juried Exhibition
Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL

BG GALLERY, SANTA MONICA
Featured Artist in “STRIPES” Group Exhibition
BG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

ART FESTIVAL BETH-EL
HONOR AWARD: 2nd PLACE ARTIST IN SHOW
Featured Artist @ 45th Annual Art Festival
Temple Beth-El, St Petersburg, FL

“SURREAL SALON 10” JURIED BY RON ENGLISH
Featured Artist in Group Exhibition
Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
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2017

FANTASTIC EKPHRASTIC @ SOFT WATER STUDIOS
“THE DAILY GRIND” - 8' X 3' Diptych Painting
WINNER: PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
3rd Annual Multidisciplinary Group Exhibition + Performance
Soft Water Studios, St. Petersburg, FL

SUBTEXT @ RED DOOR NO. 5
The Conceptual Pop Art of Mark Mitchell | Solo Exhibit
Red Door No. 5 Gallery, Tampa, FL

6TH ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION @ JF GALLERY
“INFORMATION AGE” + “CRUSH KILL DESTROY”
Two Paintings Featured in Group Exhibit
JF Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL
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2016

ARTICLES GALLERY
Limited Edition Prints Available
ARTicles Gallery, St Petersburg, FL

DREAMS II @ DUNCAN McCLELLAN GALLERY
Featured Artist | Group Exhibition
Duncan McClellan Gallery, St Petersburg, FL

GASPARILLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS 2016

Official Exhibitor | Booth #52
Purchase Award Winner
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa, FL

HIDDEN AGENDA @ FSC

The Conceptual Pop Art of Mark Mitchell | Solo Exhibition
January 22 - February 19
Melvin Gallery, Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL

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2015

THE LOUVRE: EXPOSURE

Inclusion in Digital Exhibit @ SEE | ME Exposure Reception
Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
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2014

SCOPE MIAMI 2014
Inclusion in Digital Display @ SEE | ME Booth,
SCOPE International Contemporary Art Show, Miami, FL

FOX13 GOOD MORNING TAMPA BAY TV INTERVIEW
“FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLE BEE” Painted Violin + Portfolio
Featured During Charity Auction
Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St Petersburg, FL

SEE | ME during ARMORY ARTS WEEK NYC
Portfolio Inclusion in Group Digital Display
See | Exhibition Space, Long Island City, Queens
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2013

SELECT FAIR during ART BASEL MIAMI

Solo Exhibition @ Select Fair Miami, 2013
The Catalina Hotel, South Beach, Miami, FL

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2012

SCOPE MIAMI 2012: 1,001 ARTISTS PROJECT
Inclusion in Interactive Exhibit @ SEE | ME Booth,
Published in ART TAKES MIAMI Catalogue
& Featured in ATM Online Gallery
SCOPE International Contemporary Art Show, Miami, FL