Mitchell English is an Australian artist with over three decades of experience, exhibiting throughout Australia and overseas.
His works are held in both public and private collections worldwide. Mitch has made a point of never living more than walking distance to the sea, an avid surfer, his paintings speak of time wasted beautifully in search of the perfect wave.
He currently resides and paints in the sea-side community of Noosa Heads in Queensland, Australia, where in Mitch’s words ‘some of the best waves in the world can be found’.
Mitch studied Fine Art at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney and has a Masters in Design from the University of Western Sydney where he later lectured in Visual Arts.
Mitch is also a ceramicist and has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Object Gallery Sydney. Mitch’s paintings, ceramics and interiors have been featured in numerous design publications, including Taschen, Elle Décor and Vogue Living.
“I’m currently working in acrylics and enjoy what I call ‘the immediacy’ of the paint application to canvas. As opposed to oil paint, you have to work very quickly, with the resulting paintings exuding energy and vigour. I also like to work on a number of canvasses simultaneously, this ‘staggered’ approach to painting and finishing a work means that there are multiple considerations at play at any given time. A painting in its early stages may look nothing like the finished result. Overpainting is something I very much enjoy and that is the beauty of painting, it can hide a multitude of sins!
Working from photographs taken by myself and from an extensive back catalogue of magazines and books that I have collected over many years, the most common recurring image is that which I utilise for the ‘Heatwave’ works. This image is of Bondi in the mid eighties, when hats were unfashionable and skin cancer was not a part of the conversation. In those days people looked out to sea instead of at their phones.
I won’t lie. I am a surfer first and foremost and a painter second. But I paint better than I surf ! One is an obsession, the other a necessity. You work it out.” – Mitch English
b. 1962 Australia
2007 5 Summer Stories, James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney
2003 Numbskulls, Salon Hildenbrandt, Karlsruhe, Germany
1998 A B Grade History, Casula Powerhouse Regional Gallery, Sydney
1995 Golden Summer, Mary Place Gallery, Paddington, Sydney
1995 Ker Plunk, First Draft, Sydney
1993 The Fringe Dwellers, Galerie Ute Groehbuehl, Karlsruhe, Germany
1994 Club Classics Mary Place Gallery, Paddington, Sydney
1991 Neue Arbeit Pomodoro, Karlsruhe, Germany
2020 Hampton’s Long Island Virtual Art Fair, Long Island, New York
2020 Art Sydney 10, Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, Sydney
2019 Melbourne Affordable Art Fair, Melbourne, VIC
2013 Inaugural Show, Butchers Hook, Paddington, Sydney 2014 Christmas Show, Butchers Hook, Paddington, Sydney 2019 The Gallery, Perugian, Queensland
2012 Deus Gallery, Kemang, Jakarta, Indonesia
2010 Garage Art Show, Beach Road Hotel, Sydney, curated by Steve Gorrow MCM Art Show, MCM House, Waterloo, Sydney
2009 Drawcard 09, National Art School Gallery, Sydney
2007 Lit Up Like a Christmas Tree, James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney 2008 Drawcard 08, National Art School Gallery, Sydney
2006 Drawcard 06, National Art School Gallery, Sydney
1999 Cars & Culture, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney 2001 Interiors, Object Gallery, Sydney
1997 The Collector, First Draft, Sydney, curated by Elvis Richardson Fibro Australian Perspecta 97, Casula Powerhouse Regional Gallery
1995 No Holds Barred, Airspace, Sydney New Work, Olsen Carr Gallery, Sydney
1992 New South Wales Travelling Scholarship, Works Gallery, Sydney 1994 Jeans for Genes, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
1991 Africa e Arancia, Spazio DArs, Milan, Italy
2000-05 Ceramicist – exhibited: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Object Gallery, Sydney. Orson and Blake (Sydney), Koksela (Sydney), Spence & Lyda (Sydney), Husk (Melbourne), Empire (Perth)
1997 Masters in Design, University of Western Sydney, Nepean
1993 Lecturer/Tutor Visual Arts, University of Western Sydney
1989 Bachelor of Visual Arts, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW