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Jeffry Mitchell

1958 Seattle, United States

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  • About the Artist
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Bibliography
  • Awards

Jeffry Mitchell’s primary medium is ceramic and he is well versed in its traditions around the globe (references to Early American glazes, Pennsylvania Dutch pickle jars, asymmetrical Japanese aesthetic decisions and Chinese Foo Dogs abound). Mitchell takes a very direct approach to working, often eschewing 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. To explain this idea Mitchell talks about a fundamental familiarity with clay that we all carry with us from our formative years. Perhaps we came to it through playing as children making mud pies or maybe it was making pinch pots in elementary school, regardless he feels that clay is a material that is universally relatable at a very basic level. The imagery that he uses is also very accessible. Bears, elefants (he prefers ‘f’ to ‘ph’), bunnies and flowers appear over and over in his work and though they can be definitely be related to his own personal story he feels that these too spring from an early and universally familiar place. Throughout the work Mitchell seeks to tap into and broadcast a sense of vitality whether it be joyful or colored with more a complex mix of emotions. This throughline can been seen in the thick, dripping glazes, the unabashed appropriation of decorative motifs and an unmistakeable suffusion of playfulness.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 Tyger! Tyger!, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR The Death of Buddha, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 2017 Ash Street Project, Portland, OR Studio E Gallery, Seattle, WA 2016 Night & Day, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR Jeffry Mitchell, Rena Bransten, San Francisco, CA Paintings, Kurt Farm Shop, Seattle, WA Posters!, Joe Bar, Seattle, WA 2015 Figurines: White Mass and Bar Scene, Morgan Lehman, New York, NY 2014 Our Prayer, AMBACH & RICE, Los Angeles, CA 2013 Jeffry Mitchell: New Work, Zentrum für Keramik, Berlin, Germany May Flowers, Elizabeth Moore Fine Art, New York, NY 2012 Like a Valentine, The Art of Jeffry Mitchell, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA Shamrock Edelwiss Seaweed, AMBACH & RICE, Los Angeles, CA 2010 A Music Stand for a Tuba Player, Denison University Gallery, Granville, OH 2009 vases and flowers, flowers and vases James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA Joy and Reffry, collaborative with Roy Mcmakin, Pulliam Gallery, Portland, OR 2008 Shiny Happy Pretty, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT Works on Paper, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR 2007 New Ceramics and Watercolors, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA 2006 New Ceramics, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR 2005 James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA 2004 Recent Works, Elliot Brown Gallery, Seattle, WA (Also 2002) 2001 Hanabuki, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA Diverseworks, Houston, TX Domestic Furniture, Los Angeles, CA 2000 Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR Smile, Elliott Brown Gallery, Seattle, WA 1999 Solo Show curated by Roy McMakin, Domestic Furniture, Seattle, WA 1997 ESSO Gallery, New York, NY The Tomb of Ree Morton, Elliot Brown Gallery, Seattle, WA 1996 Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR Esso Gallery, New York, NY 1995 Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA (also 1994 and 1993) 1994 Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1992 My Spirit, Workspace Gallery, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY Pictures for Boys, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Nugent Gallery, Portland, OR 1991 Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA. (also 1990, 1989) Jesus in a Crowd, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA Life, Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA 1990 Documents Northwest, The Poncho Series, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA (catalog) 1987 Recent Prints and Drawings, Pearl Fox Gallery, Melrose Park, 1986 Opera in Voot, Virginia Inn, Seattle, WA 1985 Prints and Drawings, Watertown, Seattle, WA 1984 Large Paintings, Gallery Love Connection, Nagoya, Japan Pottery, Maruei Department Store, Nagoya, Japan

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 Encounters, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR Becoming American, San Juan Island, WA and Seattle, WA, curated by Fionn Meade 2017 FIGURED OUT! Bodily Form in Contemporary Ceramics, ANDREW RAFACZ, Chicago, IL BC to BC, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA 2016 Love is a Pink Cake, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR Milk, Milk, Lemonade!, two person show at Calypte Gallery with Alfred Harris Riffs, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA American Painting Now, curated by Matthew Offenbacher, Seattle, WA to: Seattle / Subject: personal, curated by Joanne Birnie Dansker 2015 Genius, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA Unorthodox, Jewish Museum, New York, NY Ceramics Invitational: Northwest Clay, Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA 2014 Detroit City and People’s Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI CORPOREAL IMPULSE: Contemporary Artists Working in Clay, Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park, CA Fact of the Matter, curated by John Hatfield, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY 2013 Mw [Monument Magnitude], Fry Art Museum, Seattle, WA Psychosexual, curated by Scott J. Hunter, Rafauz Gallery, Chicago, IL 2012 under the table, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX 2009 Dirt on Delight: Impulses That Form Clay, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA Dirt on Delight: Impulses That Form Clay, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN somethings and their shadows, Kiteridge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Seattle, WA 2008 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards Exhibition, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR No Joke: Selections from the Pruzan Collection, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA 2007 Still Life, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR 8th Northwest Biennial, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA 2006 Boys and Flowers, Western Bridge Museum, Seattle, WA 2004 North American Sculpture NOW, Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VA 2003 2nd World Ceramic Biennale, NOW & NOW: World Contemporary Ceramics, World Ceramic Center, Icheon City, South Korea Cross Roads, Art for the Northwest, Curated by Michael Klein, COCA, Seattle, WA 2002 Portland Art Museum of Art, By Hand: American Drawings from the Permanent Collection, Portland, OR Seattle Collects 2002, Seattle Arts Commission, City of Seattle, City Space Gallery, Seattle, WA 2001 Strike! Printmakers as Social Critics, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR Contemporary Prints and Works on Paper, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR 2000 Eccentric Forms and Structures, Microsoft, Redmond, WA 1999 NW Modern Art/Asian Affinities, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA The View from Here: 100 Artists Mark the Centennial of Mt. Rainier, Seafirst Gallery, Seattle, WA 1999 Neddy Artist Fellowship Exhibition, Seafirst Gallery, Seattle, WA (catalog) Scripta Manent, Esso Gallery, New York, NY Fresh Flowers, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA 1998 Group Show, Pulliam Deffenbaugh, Portland, OR Drawings & Prints, ESSO Gallery, NYC, NY Summer Group Show, Elliott Brown Gallery, Seattle, WA 1997 SAFECO Collects: Northwest Art 1976-1996, Selections from the corporate collection, Jundt Museum, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA Human References: Marks of the Artist: A Ten Year Retrospective Exhibition of the Seattle Artist' Program Collection, curated by Beth Sellars, Seattle Center Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA Drawing Invitational, Meyerson Newinski, Seattle, WA Traversing Territory, Part III, Expanding Dimensions in Printmaking, curated by Lois Allan, a collaboration between the Art Gym and PICA at Marylhurst College, Marylhurst, OR Ceramics, White Columns, New York, NY Prints by 30 NW Artists, inaugural show and permanent collection of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, Vancouver, WA 1996 Fag-o-sites, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL Jeffry Mitchell and Ken Kelly, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR Thing, Deven Golden Fine Art, NYC, NY Art Exchange Show: an (Alternative) Art Fair, New York, NY 1995 Plastic, curated by Nancy Doll, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA La Jeune Graveure Contemporaine-Paris Biennial Exhibition, Salle de Fetes de la Marie du Vieme Arrondissment, St. Germaine, France Curatorial Eye of James Archer, Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA SEX, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA Garden of Delights, Tacoma Art Museum Winter Exhibition, Tacoma, WA 1994 Wunderkammer, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA Stealth, curated by Sean Elwood, Seafirst Gallery, Seattle, WA 1993 Suburban Culture, curated by Terri Hopkins, Art Gym Marylhurst College, Marylhurst, OR Time Away: Prints from Centrum’s Artist in Residency Program, curated by Sean Elwood, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA The Art of Microsoft, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 1992 Paper, curated by Kiki Smith, Fawbush Gallery, New York Works on Paper, Parkett/Mark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA On Paper/Recent Acquisitions, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA IN FORMATion, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA 1992 Seventeen, curated by Karen Caldicott and Barry Hilton, New York, NY Painted Word/Written Image, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA 1991 View from The Edge, Index Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA Installation, Socrates Project, Long Island City, Queens, NY Artwork for AIDS, Seattle Center Pavilion (catalog) From The Decade, The Print Club, Philadelphia, PA [Also 1988] Watercolor, Watercolor, Watercolor, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA 1990 Drawing Power, Western Gallery, Western Washington Univ., Bellingham, WA Bumbershoot, Seattle Center Pavilion, Seattle, WA 1989 911 Contemporary Arts Window Installation, Seattle, WA A Rain of Talent: Umbrella Art, Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia: traveled to the American Crafts Museum, NY., and Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, WI 2-D, 3-D, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA Made By Hand, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN 1989 Northwest Annual, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, curated by Nancy Spero and Leon Golub, Seattle, WA 1988 Sum of the Parts, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA 1987 Tyler Print Makers, William and Hobart College, Geneva, NY Penrose Gallery, Philadelphia Six from Cornish, Cornish Institute, Seattle, WA 1986 62nd Annual International Print Competition, The Print Club, Philadelphia, PA 1985 A Decade of Prints, Cornish Institute, Seattle 1984 Gallery R, Seto, Japan 1983 Foreign Artists Working in Japan, Gallery R, Seto, Japan

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2017 “Baja California to British Columbia,” San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA 2016 Shaw, Susan, “Review: Jeffry Mitchell,” Art LTD, January 2 2014 Ollman, Leah, “ Jeffry Mitchell tenderly subverts at Ambach & Rice,” LA Times, July 3 2013 Kangas, Matthew. “Jeffry Mitchell at Henry Art Gallery,” Art in America, February 18, 2012 Upchurch,Michael. “New at the Henry Art Gallery: Jeffry Mitchell, Laurie Anderson, and more,” The Seattle Times, November 25 Hodge, Brooke. “Now Showing: Jeffry Mitchell’s Fantastical Totems,” T Magazine, The New York Times, April 10 2009 Smith, Roberta. “Crucible of Creativity, Stoking Earth Into Art”, The New York Times, March 19 2007 Blake, Victoria. “Northwest Visions”, The Oregonian, September 21, 2007 2004 Libby, Brian. “William Blake meets Duran Duran”, The Oregonian, March 17 2001 Bowie, Chas. “Arts Rodeo”, Portland Mercury, March 18 Farr, Sheila. “Japanese influence raises artist’s work to a new level”, Seattle Times, 2000 September 28, 2000 Fredericksen, Eric. “Mitchell’s Bestiary”, The Stranger, February 17 Hackett, Regina. “Jeffry Mitchell’s figures reinvent the animal world”, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 18 Farr, Sheila. “Mitchell at his Best”, Seattle Times, February 1999 Hackett, Regina. “Jeffery Mitchell at Domestic Furniture” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 6 1997 Allan, Lois. Contemporary Printmaking in the Northwest, Craftsman House Gragg, Randy. “And now for something completely different”, The Oregonian, April 25 Hackett, Regina. “Ephemeral Drawings dominate ambitious ‘Drawings’ exhibit”, Seattle Post Intelligencer, July 11 Knode, Marilu. “The Seattle Scene”, Artnet [www.artnet.com/magazine_pre2000/reviews/seattle/seattle2-11-97.asp], February 1996 Ellison, Victoria. “Childhood Innocence and Creepy Design”, The Oregonian, October 1994 Allan, Lois. Contemporary Art in the Northwest, Craftsman House Kangas, Matthew. “Jeffry Mitchell at Greg Kucera”, Art in America May De Vuono, Frances. “Jeffry Mitchell at Greg Kucera”, ARTnews, May 1992 Porges, Maria. “Jeffry Mitchell at Rena Bransten Gallery”, Artforum, January Gragg, Randy. “Pictures for Boys”, The Oregonian, June 1991 Gragg, Randy. “Duality’s Embrace”, Reflex, March/April 1989 Gragg, Randy. “Jeffry Mitchell at Greg Kucera Gallery”, Artcoast, May/June

AWARDS, GRANTS AND COMMISSIONS

2018 Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT Artist in Residence, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR Guest Lecturer, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 2017 Artist in Residence, Washington State University, Pullman, WA Artist in Residence, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR Artist in Residence, Ash Street Studio, Portland, OR Artist in Residence, Los Angeles Valley College, Valley Glen, CA 2016 Artist in Residence, The McDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH Guest Artist and Educator, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT 2015 Artist in Residence, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR Guest Lecturer, University of Southern California and LA Valley College 2013 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award Artist in Residence, Zentrum für Keramik, Berlin, Germany 2012 Artist in Residence, Clark Community College, Vancouver, WA 2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award 2008 Artist in Residence, Denison University, Granville, OH Contemporary Northwest Art Award, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR 2007 Artist in Residence, Webb School of Knoxville, Knoxville, TN 2005 Residency, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT 1999 Neddy Artist Fellowship Award, Behnke Foundation, Seattle, WA 1997 Visiting Artist, Montana State University, Missoula, MT Artist in Residence, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA also 1992, 93, 94, 95 Visiting Lecturer, University of Washington School of Art, Seattle, WA (Ceramics, Drawing, Printmaking) also 1993, 1994, 1995 Visiting Artist, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 1994 Guest lecturer and critic, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Visual Art Fellowship, Washington State Artist Trust 1992 Visiting Artist, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA Visiting Artist, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 1991 Northwest Major Works Purchase Award, Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle, WA Visiting Artist, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA 1989 Socrates Sculpture Park (Installation), Long Island City, NY Residency, Centrum Foundation, Port Townsend, WA Instructor, Cornish School of the Arts, Seattle, WA (Drawing, Printmaking) Artists Project, Seattle Arts Commission Art Matters Inc., Grant, NY

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