Local artist and sculptor David J Mitchell has become used to criticism over his work, but he’s having the last laugh now as he launches his forst solo exhibition later this month.
The rising star who’se sculptures are traditional in style but with a fresh, energetic edge, is enjoying the limelight while it’s there for the taking.
Since graduating from Gray’s School of Art last year, David’s work has received critical acclaim. He has been short-listed for the prestigious Royal Society of British Artists, Rome Scholarship and has had work exhibited at Lloyd’s Register Gallery, ‘Rising Stars’ exhibition in London.
This exhibition of new work features pieces created in the last few months and marks a growing confidence in Mitchell’s approach to figurative sculpture.
Rebirth of Beauty is David’s first solo exhibition and is a superb opportunity for art collectors to purchase his work at an early stage in his career, which will inevitably command higher prices in coming years.
David spoke exclusively to The Extra this week: “My style is a little out of step with many of my contemporaries. My time at Gray’s School of Art was particularly ‘challenging’ as my tutors struggled to understand my work. I think I was a bit of a headache for them and they were glad to see me through and out the door last year with a BA (Hons) in sculpture.
“In terms of the convictions that drive my work, as I observe contemporary art (in particular, sculpture) in 21st Century Scotland, I see a culture that celebrates all things abstract and chaotic - a hangover from the artistic movements of the 20th century perhaps.
“My work is intended to stand in stark contrast to that culture. Where some would seek to represent a broken or de-constructed world, my focus is on the the glory of the human form.
The exhibition is being held at the Veneer Gallery, 1184 Argyle Street from June 24 to July 10.