Like a Valentine: The Art of Jeffry Mitchell


Jeffry Mitchell approaches his artistic exploration of love, death, sex, and spiritual trial and redemption with sincerity and intuitive intelligence. His art radiates a charm and appeal marked by an exuberant abundance of forms, materials, and techniques. From his earliest experiments with resin and paper to his extended engagement with ceramics and his latest multi-part installations, Mitchell has consistently investigated the decorative and the theatrical—blurring distinctions between art, craft, and functionality.

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, Like a Valentine: The Art of Jeffry Mitchell. 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.

Like a Valentine: The Art of Jeffry Mitchell

10 x 10 inches
Printed Hardcover with jacket
208 pages with over 220 images


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