Melbourne and Los Angeles based artist Lani Mitchell has been painting professionally for over a decade.
Creating and selling art for seven exhibitions and private sales Mitchell has had great success in the Art world after being discovered by a major art collector at only 19. Mitchell completed a double degree in Visual Art, and Arts at Monash University, graduating with a double major in Painting and English Literature.
Mitchell's work reveals an incredibly intuitive approach with fluid compositions, particularly attentive to textual forms, creating beautiful sensuality that draws the viewer into an experiential or emotional plane. As much as Mitchell's paintings are executed in a feverish and frenzied immediacy, they are abstracted, layered with a deep consideration for the raw force that drives her creation. Mood and emotions merge and coalesce on the surface of the canvas. The paint is performative, professing both an allusion to feeling, and acting as a veil; disfiguring the layers of stories she builds into the weft and weave of the canvas. The work is voluptuous. Mitchell creates alchemic landscapes, full of passion, intensity and a lust for life.
She is inspired by the power, frankness and energy of 1960’s abstract artists – De Kooning, Krasner, Rothko, Pollock and Frankenthaler. As a woman, the field of abstract painting is a schema of masculine concerns where the undefined image stands in stark contrast to the constructed environments of contemporary society. Whilst Mitchell retains these hallmarks of abstract expressionism, her concern is focused on using the vehicle of abstraction to address concerns of womanhood, femininity and power.
Her dedication to painting enables her to explore the tactility and resonance of the medium and her subject matter. For Mitchell, it has never been more relevant or exciting to be a painter. The interaction between the artists’ hand and the art object seems lacking, today with everything is channelled through screens that provide endless choices but limited feeling. This essentially alienating exchange is compounded by the effect such stimulation has on brain wave patterns where a kind of sedation is generated within a short time staring at these screens. Mitchell is committed to the revival of painting as a communicative medium that holds emotional and intellectual gravitas.
LANI MITCHELL, 2014 – Artistry Gallery, Armadale
CHRYSALIS, 2015 – Parsons Design School, New York by invitation.
HELM, 2015 – Graham Geddes, Armadale
SWOON, 2016 – Graham Geddes, Armadale
KIND, 2017 – Metro Gallery, Armadale
EDEN, 2018 – Metro Gallery, Armadale
In addition to many private commissions, Mitchell has been commissioned to provide concept and art to advertise for Chanel – L’Eau promotion – 2017.