Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Self-Taught Southern Artist Reginald Mitchell (b 1960)


Reginald Mitchell is a 52 year old native of New Orleans, Louisiana, known for his slightly distorted vision of the world around him.

Physically slight & frail with a speech impediment, Reginald grew up in the harshness of public housing projects in the city.

Subject to regular teasing, taunting, & frequent run-ins with the local thugs, Reggie says, "I'm glad I'm out of there."

In the early 1990's, he began to paint scenes of New Orleans, grand southern mansions, & exotic locations.

After several years spent living in Houston, Mitchell is back living in southern Louisiana.

Usually he paints from photographs he finds in library books, magazines, and postcards.

He also paints from his immediate surroundings: food boxes, snapshots, houses in his neighborhood.

He always makes his name an integral part of his work, ritualistically painting it with the brush in one hand then going over it with the brush in the other hand.

Reginald Mitchell's expressionist paintings of architectural landmarks are explosions of color & energy.

He intuitively captures the atmosphere & energy that resonates throughout the world around him.