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Tyrone Mitchell

American, b. 1944

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Tyrone Mitchell

American, b. 1944

Biography

Born in Savannah, Georgia, sculptor Tyrone Mitchell creates three-dimensional, mixed-media assemblages from wood, fabric, and paint. Inspired by African traditions—particularly the cultures of Mali and Senegal—Mitchell uses conventional tools to create works that appear to have been organically grown or plucked from other periods in history. He has also drawn elements from other cultures, often blending them in surprising juxtapositions, such as carving lines from a Walt Whitman poem into a salvaged piece of a 500-year-old Chinese temple. In addition to his studio practice, Mitchell teaches students at New York’s Queens College.

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Biography

Born in Savannah, Georgia, sculptor Tyrone Mitchell creates three-dimensional, mixed-media assemblages from wood, fabric, and paint. Inspired by African traditions—particularly the cultures of Mali and Senegal—Mitchell uses conventional tools to create works that appear to have been organically grown or plucked from other periods in history. He has also drawn elements from other cultures, often blending them in surprising juxtapositions, such as carving lines from a Walt Whitman poem into a salvaged piece of a 500-year-old Chinese temple. In addition to his studio practice, Mitchell teaches students at New York’s Queens College.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1
Articles Featuring Tyrone Mitchell
The Ties that Bind: Contemporary, African, and Oceanic Art at Merton D. Simpson Gallery
Apr 22nd, 2014
The Ties that Bind: Contemporary, African, and Oceanic Art at Merton D. Simpson Gallery
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