Mitchell, who has called himself a “gay folk artist,” has developed a nostalgic sentimentality quickly gives way to complex emotional content and narratives that touch upon Mitchell’s identity as an artist and gay man as well as his upbringing in a working-class, Catholic family. His work also responds to specific aspects of the history of art, craft, and visual culture.
He fashions sophisticated twists on sources as diverse as Chinese funerary sculpture, folk art, Russian Constructivism, watercolor nature illustrations, and modernist assemblage. The Henry, together with Marquand Books, published the first monograph of the artist’s work, Jeffry Mitchell: Like a Valentine. This 208-page book features full-color illustrations of Mitchell’s work. It includes essays by Sara Krajewski, Matthew Stadler, Patterson Sims, and Sam Korman; a conversation between Mitchell and artist Matthew Offenbacher; and anecdotes from Eric Fredericksen, Tina Hoggatt, Kristan Kennedy, Jeanne Quinn, Hanneline Rogeberg, and Tommy White.
10 x 10 inches Printed Hardcover with jacket 208 pages with over 220 images