Ariel Mitchell (b. 1985 Stonington, CT.) is a painter in Brooklyn, NY. She began painting at a young age in her mother’s studio. She graduated with a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and has attended residencies in Vermont, Finland, Bulgaria, and Iceland. She has worked for many artists including Jeff Koons, and has exhibited in group shows nationally and internationally, including Equity Gallery (2017) and 103 Allen (2015) in New York. She has had solo shows at BLOKK, in Bergen, Norway (2013) and at Alexey Von Schlippe Gallery in Groton, CT. (2011) Her work has been featured in the Norwegian publication ROV 4 (2013) and Studio Visit, (2011).
2021 Oil on canvas 274.3 x 198.1 cm / 108 x 78 in
Ariel Mitchell’s work relies on intensely observing individual objects and surfaces and translating what she sees into oil paint. Each painting is built empirically, receiving a different treatment depending on the subject. The subjects range from things in her studio such as her desk, books, and other paintings, to her apartment floor and the gallery floor. These hyper-literal works hover between trompe l’oeil and stage props, offering a humorous, deadpan take on contemporary life while questioning the nature of painting.
2021 Oil on linen 25.4 x 30.4 cm / 10 x 12 in
2021 Oil on linen 167.6 x 172.7 cm / 66 x 68 in
This spring, the Hunter College MFA Program in Studio Art will graduate 26 artists who completed their degree over the challenging months of the COVID-19 pandemic. These talented MFA Thesis Candidates are exhibiting their work in six group exhibitions at 205 Hudson, in addition to this online spotlight hosted by Hauser & Wirth. At time when the public audience for in-person exhibitions has been limited by the pandemic, we are excited to provide this digital platform to the emerging artists from Hunter College’s MFA Program in Studio Art.
Images: Portrait of Ariel Mitchell. Photo: Daniel Pérez-Moliére; Ariel Mitchell, Painting for Storage, 2021. Photo: Daniel Pérez-Moliére; Environment photography. Photo: Ariel Mitchell; Ariel Mitchell, Problem Solving, 2021. Photo: Daniel Pérez-Moliére; Ariel Mitchell, Gallery Floor, 2021. Photo: Daniel Pérez-Moliére