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Renee MITCHELL

Largely a self-taught artist, Renee Mitchell has been tutored by the artists John Wilson and Warrick Fuller. 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: onto the dance floor, off the page

Images of humans with animal heads have been depicted in many cultures throughout the ages. In her quirky and endearing Nocturnal Series Twisted, Mitchell portrays a hybrid of contemporary, often savvy human bodies with animal heads. The artist shows an uncanny awareness of human nature. However the combinations are not idle ones. Thought provoking, they invite the viewer to explore the subject. A laid-back, outdoorsy figure - cargo shorts, rolled up sleeves, sweater tied casually around the waist is paired with the head of a koala, a brilliant depiction of our laid-back Australian lifestyle. Someone you might see having coffee or sauntering along the street. The figure in a business suit worn with overt attitude and the head of an owl, a perennial symbol of wisdom. But is this owl really wise or are we deceived by our conditioned beliefs?

A love affair with pens resulted in the appointment of Mitchell by Artline in 2014-2016 as their Artline Pen Ambassador and her custom works . Her works are regularly exhibited in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland and are held by many private collectors.