Look­ing at Amer­ica

Dean Mitchell ex­plores his views of Amer­ica in a new ex­hi­bi­tion at the Al­bany Art Mu­seum in Ge­or­gia.

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Now open at the Al­bany Mu­seum of Art in Al­bany, Ge­or­gia, is Look­ing at Amer­ica and Paint­ing How I Want, What I Want and How I See It. The ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture the work of Dean Mitchell, the prom­i­nent Florida painter who has won count­less awards at both West­ern and con­tem­po­rary art shows around the coun­try. Known for his wa­ter­color works, the ex­hi­bi­tion will also fea­ture Mitchell’s acrylic paint­ings.

“I’m look­ing for free­dom re­gard­less of paint­ing styles and la­bels im­posed on artists in re­gards to race and eth­nic ori­gins,” Mitchell says, “to­tal free­dom to ex­plore my full po­ten­tial as an artist.”

“His po­etic ur­ban and ru­ral scenes are rich in tone, but vi­brate with the des­o­la­tion of so much of Amer­ica’s land­scapes,” says cu­ra­tor Didi Dun­phy. “Beau­ti­fully ren­dered, de­prived neigh­bor­hoods and struc­tures— pop­u­lated by an oc­ca­sional fig­ure in these va­cant en­vi­rons—re­mind us of di­min­ish­ing hu­man­ity.”

Dun­phy adds that Mitchell’s own story is a fea­tured el­e­ment within the ex­hi­bi­tion. “An African Amer­i­can man grow­ing up in a de­pressed small city dur­ing the civil rights move­ment of the ’60s and ’70s with the vi­sion of be­ing a fine artist was not the com­mon path. He speaks of his grand­mother push­ing him to not wa­ver in his pur­suit, en­cour­ag­ing him to at­tend his art stud­ies…since then, his work has been col­lected by many pres­ti­gious mu­se­ums and has re­ceived nu­mer­ous ac­co­lades, in­clud­ing meet­ing the Oba­mas and be­ing con­sid­ered as a por­trait artist for the 44th pres­i­dent…”

The ex­hi­bi­tion con­tin­ues through March 29. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.al­bany­mu­seum.com.

Lit­tle House in New Mex­ico, acrylic, 11 x 14"

Out of Ser­vice, acrylic, 18 x 30"

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