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JOHN MITCHELL “Landscapes and Still Lifes”

Closing Reception Sunday 9/27/20 1 PM to 4 PM at Gravers Lane Gallery Chestnut Hill

Philadelphia, PA – (September 24, 2020) – GRAVERS LANE GALLERY, located in the historic Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, presents the final week of John Mitchell’s exhibition of landscapes and still life paintings, hosting a reception Sunday afternoon, September 27th, 1 to 4 PM. The Artist will be on site to meet gallery visitors and discuss his work.

Mitchell graduated from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with an MFA in painting. His recent paintings are poetic studies of familiarity. Sublimely beautiful and in\mate in scale, Mitchell consciously chooses a reduced palette producing captured moments adrift in atmospheric splendor. Each painting speaks of a memory; that moment when one returns to a familiar place again and again. Mitchell’s fresh approach to traditional landscape and still-life pain\ng evokes a sense of calm and allows the viewer a welcome moment of self-reflection.

Referring to his work Mitchell states: “My paintings are generally born out of observation of things and places I see and come to know through extended periods of looking. The things are generally flowers and simple items, and the places are the places I roam and love in and around Southern New Jersey. These places and things allow me to see new shapes, colors, and patterns that I try to arrange into interesting pictures. Once the thing or place is looked at long enough, and the colors and shapes that make it up are remembered and known, I can then move onto dealing with them as simple formal elements of design to be moved or altered to best serve each other within the bounds of the pain\ng. My only concern is that in the end the pain\ng can be interesting enough to be looked at for as long as I originally looked at the things or places from which the pain\ng is derived.”

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Gravers Lane Gallery is located at 8405 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118 215.247.1603. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM and by appointment. The safety and well of our staff and clientele is our highest priority. We promise to provide a safe, clean, welcoming place where you can relax, be inspired and enjoy artwork that merits an in-person experience.