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If you wish to, you can continue to contact me to purchase, commission, comment or ask about pricing at my other email address:


You can find me on Linked-in and Facebook

  

 Upcoming / Ongoing Exhibitions:


 Two of my paintings were recently chosen by the UFV Alumni Association to be used as the artwork on their annual Alumni Wine labels.  See the article here:


UFV Alumni Wine link



I also had the privilege of working with my old friends, the esteemed punk band Belvedere, on the concept art for the cover of their new album "The Revenge of the Fifth"; their first album in 12 years.  Check out my drawing here, and get the album here



Upcoming Demos/Workshops:

                                                                  None planned at present.


Artist Statement  


   Our world is hectic and overstimulated.  Much of my work has been considered so as well, and it's intentional - it's an artist's role to record the time they live in.  My work, as with my life, is rooted in Punk Rock.  It is often puposefully blunt and sometimes difficult to look at and process.  Not everything in life should be rosy and simple.

   The second role of an artist is to get their work seen, and understood.  This is the more difficult part, which comes with time.  A viewer has to learn how to look at art, and the more honest it is, the newer the ideas (or expression of those ideas) are, the harder it is to understand HOW to look at the art and pull the pieces of it together.  The challenge is there on the other side of the brush too - how do I create that link, that entrance for the viewer to comprehend where I am taking them?


 

Curriculum Vitae

 

Education

Jan. 2013:  Guest Instructor for the Surrey School District Challenge Program

2006(?):  Assistant Sculpture / Woodshop Technician at UCFV

2005 - Present:  Public Lectures, demonstrations, workshops and Youtube videos on a variety of art materials and techniques at OPUS Art Supplies

Sept. - Dec. 2003:  Temporary Assistant Professor of Sculpture at UCFV

April - Sept. 2001:  Grand Tour of Europe 

1997 - 1999:  University of Lethbridge (U of L) {graduated with Bachelor of Fuck All w/ distinction} (BFA)

1994 - 1997:  University College of the Fraser Valley (UCFV) {gradutated with Fine Arts Diploma}

 

Selected Exhibition History

Oct. 3 - 25, 2014 "Boobies and Wieners : Bigger and Longer"  Group exhibition, Hot Art Wet City - Vancouver, BC

June 28 - Aug. 30, 2014 "ARTS 2014" … A juried exhibition of visual art, Surrey Art Gallery - Surrey, BC

October 10 - 25, 2013 "(Re)Constructing Memories" ... Solo exhibition at the University of the Fraser Valley Art Gallery - Abbotsford, BC

Sept. 14, 2013 "After Dark at the Reach" ... Silent Auction, The Reach Gallery and Museum - Abbotsford, BC

Sept. 10, 2013 "Vancouver Art Battle #63" ... Nation-wide live 20 minute painting competition, The Fan Club, 1050 Granville St. - Vancouver, BC

June 15 - July 27, 2013 "2013 Fraser Valley Regional Biennale" ... Juried Group Exhibition (Barbara Duncan - Curator), Maple Ridge Art Gallery - Maple Ridge, BC

2007 - Present ... Numerous works on permanent display at OPUS Art Supplies - Langley, BC

Oct. 22 - 26, 2007 "Silent Auction" ... Curated Group Exhibition/ Auction (Grace Tsurumaru - Curator), Donated artwork, Image used on Poster for Auction, UCFV Art Gallery - Abbotsford, BC

May 2006 "Communications" ... Non-Juried Group Exhibition, Ethical Addictions - Langley, BC

Aug 2003 "It Never Happens Here Arts and Music Festival" ... Curated Group Exhibition (Chakara Ledoux - Curator) - Glenn Valley, BC

May 16 - June 8, 2003 "Artropolis 2003" 'The Big Picture - Perspectives on Change' ... Juried Group Exhibition (CBC Television & the A. T. Eight Artropolis Society) -Vancouver, BC

June 2002 "Con/quest" ... Non-Juried Group Exhibition, Access Artist Run Centre - Vancouver, BC

March 2002 "Time on it" ... Curated Group Exhibition (Christopher Fadden - Curator), Hillside Building - Vancouver, BC

April 2001 "UCFV Art Auction" ... Donated artwork, UCFV Art Gallery - Abbotsford, BC

April - Nov. 1999 Monthly Group Shows ... Chromazone / Sky Galleries, Artist Run Galleries - Vancouver, BC




Works in Public / Private Collections

Private Collections in:

  •  Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Abbotsford, BC, Canada
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • White Rock, BC, Canada
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Burlington, ON, Canada
  • Winona, ON, Canada
  • Syracuse, NY, USA
  • Running Springs, CA, USA
Public Collections :
  • University of the Fraser Valley (formerly UCFV)
  • CD portfolio of work on file at Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent, Belgium
  • CD portfolio of work on file at Museum of Modern Art (M HKA), Antwerp, Belgium
Past Artist Statements


 I visually represent the world that we live in by expressing some of the joy, bitterness and pain of being alive at this point in time while hopefully leaving behind something of interest for future generations.  At the same time, we have the choice of being positive or negative, and our choices make the world slightly better or worse.  I choose to create my worlds as I hope our world will become.
     We are inundated with so much visual information that I try to show what we cannot see with our eyes, but what we perceive with our hearts and minds - what might be there or hope will be there.
   To do this I often assemble images, giving multiple viewpoints or juxtaposing unrelated images thereby causing viewers to pause and reconsider what it is that they really see.  Art viewers are becoming more sophisticated in their ability to translate what they see, so I try to give greater nourishment to my viewers eyes and minds so we can all try to distinguish some sort of message from the jumble of shit laid before us.
   When I've died, I want to leave behind me artwork that has a reason to exist, and is not just there for its own sake.




   (Structurally and conservationally speaking, I spend a great deal of time on ensuring the longevity of my artwork to the best of my ability, and use the highest quality materials to make my work as long-lasting as possible.  I want my work to last so that any collectors of my work will not suffer from prematurely deteriorating art. At the same time, to be pushing boundaries requires experimentation and sometimes those experiments will fail.  Unfortunately we cannot know with absolute certainty what will pass the test of time and what will fail, but with knowledge we can make more educated guesses.  I have also been going back to some of my older works to assist them in being more archival, mostly through the application of Removable Fine Art Varnishes with Ultra-Violet Light Stabilizers (UVLS) in them to block out the damaging effects of the sun and other light sources. I feel that it is unprofessional to cut corners by using inferior materials, and to knowingly do so is unethical.)



From:

"(Re)Constructing Memories" - Solo exhibition at the UFV Art Gallery - Abbotsford, BC 

October 10 - 25, 2013


"Colin Mitchell's work addresses ideas about memory, and re-imagines events in oftentimes impossible ways.  Through this visual reconfiguration, he explores personal, cultural and familial identity, while subverting the status quo and creating a shift towards greater benevolence and social good."