Few artists of our generation have such complete command of so broad a spectrum of painter's media: oil, egg tempera, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, pen and ink, charcoal, and pencil. Even fewer have the depth of perception that one finds in the sensitive, soulful subjects of Dean Mitchell. It is an intelligent blend of craftmanship with a rare understanding of visual magic that transcends what seems apparent to and understanding of what is real.
A native of Quincy, Florida, Dean Mitchell received his formal training at Columbus College of Art and Design. In 1983, Mitchell left the commercial field to pursue the muse of realist painting in both rural and urban America. His prodigious talent was quickly recognized with membership in the American Watercolor Society, Miniature Artists of America, The National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, Knickerbocker Artists, and the Santa Fe Watercolor Society, of which he was President in 1993.
In 1992, Mitchell was one of the five finalists in the Hubbard Award for Excellence, Ruidoso, New Mexico and received the Grand Prize for the Arts in the Parks competition in 1999. In 1995, the U.S. Postal Service commissioned Mitchell to do a series of Jazz stamps.
Today, Mitchell's paintings may be found in the permanent collections of the St. Louis Art Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Hubbard Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Mississippi Art Museum, Arkansas Art Center, and others.