Well versed in traditions of stoneware and ceramic from around the globe, Jeffry Mitchell combines references to Early American glazes, Pennsylvania Dutch pickle jars, asymmetrical Japanese aesthetic decisions and Chinese Foo Dogs within a conceptual practice that seeks to engage what he calls a shared human experience. Gesturing towards a universal relatability to clay as well as a repeated set of imagery that he returns to again and again as talismans or icons, Mitchell's seemingly playful language touches on innocence, banality, and the hidden meaning implicit in pre-AIDS era life.
Mitchell earned his BA in painting from the University of Dallas and holds an MFA in Printmaking from Temple University. Recent solo exhibitions include projects at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Pullman, WA (2018), Studio e, Seattle (2017), Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco (2016), PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR (2016) and Morgan Lehman, New York (2015). His work has been included in BC to BC, San Diego Art Institute (2017), Riffs, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle (2016) Genius at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2015), Unorthodox, Jewish Museum, New York (2015) and the Detroit City and People’s Biennial, Detroit (2014).
Mitchell’s immersive installation at the English Camp’s Hospital responds to the original wallpaper of the building and function as a shelving screen for new iterations within an ongoing ceramic series.