Nice as Pie
Pen on paper
30cm x 22cm
Self-taught artist, Renee Mitchells finely-honed line work reference a detailed knowledge of the animal world. Her connection with the essence of the creatures she so intimately portrays (fur babies and spirit animals) is palpable and indeed the creatures appear paused to move off the page.
A passion for pens and love of freedom and movement can be seen in Mitchell’s largest body of works. In her Scratch Series animals, birds and sea creatures alike show fine detail and lose line working together in harmony to bring creatures to life. A portion of these works combine pen with acrylic paint offering a mixed media contemporary take on the traditional portrait.
Mitchell has competed and won first place in two out of three WetPaint competitions, where she competed against local and international artists, live in front of an audience. For these works on canvas, Mitchell wished to maintain her expressive freedom she creates with her pens, however as the materials (canvas) did not allow for this, another way needed to be found. An idea was born and tested once, days prior to the first competition. Strings of wool, soaked in paint, pulled taught on each end were drawn over the canvas like a danced created from her own movement, until the subject came to life.
A love affair with pens resulted in the appointment of Mitchell by Artline in 2014-2016 as their Artline Pen Ambassador and since with her works which are regularly exhibited in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland and are held by many private collectors Nationally and internationally.
COLLABORATION: We acknowledge our collaboration with Gallery ONE88 Fine Arts in the artist share arrangement we have in place as Renee Mitchell is one such artist. We also acknowledge WOTSO for their continued support as venue partners.
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