Renee Mitchell

In her quirky and endearing ‘Nocturnal Series – Twisted’, Mitchell portrays a hybrid of contemporary, often savvy human bodies with animal heads. Often working in achromatic colours, the artist’s mark of finely-honed line work references a detailed knowledge of the animal world and an uncanny awareness of human nature. Each mark is intentional, leaving no room for error or hesitation. Mitchell’s connection with the essence of the creatures she so intimately portrays is palpable. Indeed the creatures appear paused to move: onto the dance floor, off the page …

Biography

Largely a self-taught artist, Renée Mitchell has been tutored by the artists John Wilson and Warrick Fuller. Often working in achromatic colours, the artist’s mark of finely-honed line work references a detailed knowledge of the animal world. Each mark is intentional, leaving no room for error or hesitation. Mitchell’s connection with the essence of the creatures she so intimately portrays (“fur babies and spirit animals”) is palpable. 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 a koala’s head, a brilliant depiction of our laid-back Australian lifestyle, it’s someone you would 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?

The artist’s love affair with her pens resulted in a 2014-2016 appointment by Artline as their Artline Pen Ambassador . Her custom works have been featured by Artline on their website and social media platforms. Her works are regularly exhibited throughout New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland and are held by many private collectors.

“Creatures and critters of all walks are my main inspiration at the moment. From the meek and mild to the wild and ferocious, dead or alive, I am captivated and moved to draw them all”

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