Bruce Mitchell

Mitchell was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1961 and has lived in North Carolina since 2003. He was trained as a draftsman at a trade school, where he learned the fundamentals of drawing. Most of the work he does now is representational, done by hand (by himself, obviously) using oil paint and brushes in a realistic style. 

"My representational paintings are about living in a mostly human-built environment. They are part of an ongoing dialogue about constant change in our world and our relationships with it. I choose the medium of oil painting for its inherent simplicity, lasting physical presence, and distinct individuality. 

I invest these paintings with allusions and metaphors, some more subtle than others. Each has a narrative element as well, which may or may not be readily apparent. I approach a painting as a kind of one-frame movie, or one-page story, or perhaps a poem. 

I seek to create paintings capable of evoking an emotional response. Their physical properties and less tangible aspects together support that aim." 

Bruce Mitchell
“Still Life with Poetry”
Oil on Panel
12” x 16”

Bruce Mitchell
"Private Property"
Oil on Panel
12" x 24"

Bruce Mitchell
"Eleven"
Oil on Panel
12" x 12"