New York, NY (PRWEB) October 05, 2011
Christian Mitchell will present Mental Circus, his first solo show of photograph, prints and installation pieces at The Hole in NYC, 312 Bowery. While this is Christian's first show he is not new to the art scene or its creative world.
His work is an exploration in transformation and self-discovery. His current body of work calls upon technical skill and imagination pushed to the extreme. Meghan Coleman (previously with Deitch Project) has been providing regular feedback on the project. She and others like Kathy Grayson, Kembra Pfahler, and Hagen Linss have encouraged him to refine the body of work by focusing on the transformation of himself only. “I met Kembra of Voluptuous Horror of karen Black while working on a collaborative event at M⋅A⋅C Cosmetics. I had admired her work since the early 90s. She has become a really good friend and mentor.” says Christian. He was recently introduced to curator Donna Kessinger, who is now assisting with the project.
For most of his career, Christian played a key role behind the scenes at fashion shows, productions and events. In the early 1990's he attended FIT to study Fine Arts and Display and Exhibit Design, but quickly realized he was more interested in painting the mannequins than installing exhibits. The club scene and art scene in NYC were extremely colorful. Freedom of expression and experimentation was admired and encouraged. He began to experiment more with make-up, often before going to the Pyramid, Disco 2000 at Limelight and Edelweiss. His style was influenced by the club kids and legends like Boy George, Annie Lennox and Sid Vicious.
During this time Christian found his way into M⋅A⋅C Cosmetics and was able to develop his skills further as a make-up artist, however he never abandoned his love of creating art. He was able to merge his interest of art and make-up in both his increasing portfolio as an artist and his reputation as a body painter and make-up artist. He shared some of his work with friend and “make-up hero” Joanne Gair, who encouraged him to push it further and start thinking about creating a book.
Christian currently resides in New York’s East Village and continues to work in the Artist Relations department at M⋅A⋅C Cosmetics.
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For more information about Christian Mitchell or to speak with him about his work, please visit http://www.xtian-nyc.com.