Mitch McGee, ‘All That I Can - Green’, 2017, Elisa Contemporary
Mitch McGee, ‘All That I Can - Green’, 2017, Elisa Contemporary

The influences for McGee's own artwork came from the style of Pop Art legend, Roy Lichtenstein. According to McGee, "Lichtenstein with a Red Bow was the first piece that started me down this rabbit hole. Roy Lichtenstein took comic strips and repositioned them as lithography. In an almost tongue-in-cheek fashion I wondered how I could take one of his pieces and recreate it in another medium. The easy answer for me was wood. I grew up working with it and, combined with my graphic design background, it left me with a new medium and expression that I think really works." From that start, Texas artist, McGee began to create his own style and establish his unique voice.

Today, his creativity exists in that space between painting and sculpture. In his Birch series, McGee uses pieces of wood, each illustrated, hand cut and stained or painted to create dimensional pieces. Each painting is filled with thick layers and subtle shadows. There is a warmth created by the imperfection of the birch and its grain that creates an emotional connection. Each painting is a labor of love, taking 40 to 50 hours or more to complete.

His artwork has been exhibited throughout Texas since 2001 and in New York with Elisa Contemporary Art since 2012. His work is public and private collections throughout the world including TV journalist Serena Altschul, and the Feld Family. In 2013, Mitch McGee’s artwork was featured in the March issue of Dwell Magazine, in W Magazine in October, and a solo exhibit at 1st Dibs in NYC.

Signature: Lower Right

SOLO EXHIBITION
2013 "All About Pop", 1stdibs@NYDC, Elisa Contemporary Art, New York

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Affordable Art Fair, Elisa Contemporary Art
Fairfield CT Art Salon, Elisa Contemporary Art
2016 Affordable Art Fair, Elisa Contemporary Art
2014 Aqua Art Miami, Elisa Contemporary Art
My Hero II, Elisa Contemporary Art, Bridgehampton & Riverdale, New York
AAFNYC, Elisa Contemporary Art, New York
2013 Smitten, Elisa Contemporary Art, New York
AAFNYC, Elisa Contemporary Art, New York
2012 AAFNYC, Elisa Contemporary Art, New York
My Hero, Elisa Contemporary Art, New York
Betz Gallery, Twelve by Twelve Show, Houston, TX
2011 Poissant Gallery, Houston, TX
Winter Street & Spring Street Studios Artist Exhibition, Houston, TX
6th Annual Inner Art Corridor Open Show, Houston, TX
2010 Kuhl-Linscomb, Houston, TX
2006 Gallery Night, Leigh Boyd, Ft. Worth, TX
2003 Gallery Night, Leigh Boyd, Ft. Worth, TX
2001 Gallery Night, Leigh Boyd, Ft. Worth, TX

COMMISSIONED WORK
2005 Baylor University, Waco, TX
2013 Houston Rockets, Houston TX

PRESS
2013 Dwell Magazine, W Magazine
2011 My Modern Metropolis, Sunrise Artists, Unfinished Man, Joonbug, Art We Love

About Mitch McGee