Jeffry Mitchell, ‘Götterdämmerung (Neutral Tint)’, 2015, Print, Woodblock and stencil prints, watercolor and ink on gampi, Frye Art Museum
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Jeffry Mitchell

Götterdämmerung (Neutral Tint), 2015

Woodblock and stencil prints, watercolor and ink on gampi
16 × 20 in
40.6 × 50.8 cm
Location
Seattle
Medium
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Jeffry Mitchell
USA, b. 1958
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Jeffry Mitchell (b. 1958, Seattle, WA) is an artist well versed in ceramic traditions from around the globe. He earned a BA in Painting from the University of Dallas in 1980, and an MFA in Printmaking at the Tyler School of Art in 1988. His work references Early American glazes, Pennsylvania Dutch pickle jars, asymmetrical Japanese aesthetic decisions and Chinese Foo Dogs. His work eschews refinements that commonly accompany many ceramic processes. The resulting pieces radiate an exuberant, unbridled immediacy. He feels that this unfettered approach is essentially relatable to our shared human experience. The imagery he uses is also very accessible: bears, elefants (he prefers ‘f’ to ‘ph’), bunnies and flowers appear over and over in his work and although they can definitely be related to his own personal story, he feels that these too spring from an early and universally familiar place. Mitchell seeks to tap into and broadcast a sense of vitality whether it be joyful, or colored with a more complex mix of emotions in his work. This throughline can been seen in the thick, dripping glazes, the unabashed appropriation of decorative motifs and an unmistakeable suffusion of playfulness. His work is in numerous prestigious collections including the Smithsonian, Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Philadelphia Art Museum, and Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University.

Jeffry Mitchell, ‘Götterdämmerung (Neutral Tint)’, 2015, Print, Woodblock and stencil prints, watercolor and ink on gampi, Frye Art Museum
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Jeffry Mitchell
USA, b. 1958
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Jeffry Mitchell (b. 1958, Seattle, WA) is an artist well versed in ceramic traditions from around the globe. He earned a BA in Painting from the University of Dallas in 1980, and an MFA in Printmaking at the Tyler School of Art in 1988. His work references Early American glazes, Pennsylvania Dutch pickle jars, asymmetrical Japanese aesthetic decisions and Chinese Foo Dogs. His work eschews refinements that commonly accompany many ceramic processes. The resulting pieces radiate an exuberant, unbridled immediacy. He feels that this unfettered approach is essentially relatable to our shared human experience. The imagery he uses is also very accessible: bears, elefants (he prefers ‘f’ to ‘ph’), bunnies and flowers appear over and over in his work and although they can definitely be related to his own personal story, he feels that these too spring from an early and universally familiar place. Mitchell seeks to tap into and broadcast a sense of vitality whether it be joyful, or colored with a more complex mix of emotions in his work. This throughline can been seen in the thick, dripping glazes, the unabashed appropriation of decorative motifs and an unmistakeable suffusion of playfulness. His work is in numerous prestigious collections including the Smithsonian, Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Philadelphia Art Museum, and Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University.

Jeffry Mitchell

Götterdämmerung (Neutral Tint), 2015

Woodblock and stencil prints, watercolor and ink on gampi
16 × 20 in
40.6 × 50.8 cm
Location
Seattle
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