“I think what I am looking for is not the truth, in the sense of the unique and uncontested truth. Ultimately it is the lie, the suspension of disbelief. It’s like asking a question and going about it without an answer, without uncovering the underlying truth, but uncovering layers and layers of other questions taking you along divergent paths. Just like in real life.”
His use of light, lines and his simple compositions make his subjects stand out. That’s not to say that they become lighter or pleasant to watch; that was never his goal.
Mitchell’s paintings are complex, but captivating. “If I don’t feel what I’m doing there’s no point in it. Real. Felt is the only word you’d say. There has to be meaning to what you’re putting on.”
The simplicity of his forms serves as a vessel for the emotional heaviness of the themes that dominate his work; loss, war, work, poverty.