The Mondo Mike Mitchell Gallery Show

Posted by Grey Saturday, April 27, 2013

Feast yourself with a collection of awe-inspiring portraits of some of the most colorful characters in cinematic history with the opening of Los Angeles-based artist Mike Mitchell's first solo gallery show at the Mondo Gallery from April 26 to May 25, 2013. 



Mondo is quite likely one of the top names one can think of whenever we talk about artistic reinterpretations of established pop cultural properties. Given our coverage on all the awesome stuffs coming from Mondo, regular dwellers of The Daily Zombies would have by now been more than familiar with  the collectible art division of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. And today, we embark on yet another field trip with an awesome artist thanks to Mondo.

We have earlier first glimpsed some of the sparks of genius from Los Angeles-based artist Mike Mitchell with his work on E.T. The Extraterrestrial with the Steven Spielberg Double Bill released by Mondo back in January. With Mondo launching the first solo gallery show of the artist, we have a more comprehensive look at his works and are truly astounded by both its simplicity in execution and all-around awesomeness. 




Featuring a series of "thirty-ish" portraits of some of the most colorful personalities we have seen in cinematic history, the Mondo Mike Mitchell Gallery Show is pushing the envelopes with Mondo's usual alternate take of iconic films on the sheer strength of its innovation within the boundary that was set up by the portrait format. In short, brace yourself for some truly awesome stuff. But before that, here's the official press release from Mondo:


Mondo, the collectible art division of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announces its next gallery show featuring the artwork of Mike Mitchell which will run from April 26th to May 25th at the Mondo Gallery located at 4115 Guadalupe St. in Austin, TX. The Mondo Mike Mitchell show will feature a series of portraits as limited edition giclees for subjects that range from crowd favorites to characters that are slightly underappreciated in pop culture art. The gallery will open to the public on April 26th from 7:00 – 10:00 pm with regular business hours to follow for the show’s duration.

And here's what the artist has to say for the intriguing theme that he has put in place for his solo show:


For the portrait series, I wanted to keep the personalities there, at least how they exist in my own mind. Then apply that to a traditional portrait, something that most of these characters wouldn’t be doing. There’s an ironic sense about them that I like, but I also just really love these dudes for who they are, and I didn’t want to take too much of that away. When I watch a movie and really connect with a character, I often feel a strong urge to draw/paint that person. This show is allowing me to do that, it’s giving me the chance to catch up on years of great characters that I appreciate and admire.

And now, without further ado, hit the jump to have a taste at some of the pieces on exhibition for the show.



Ah, Hon, You Got Arby’s All Over Me by Mike Mitchell
Edition of 50


Can 10 Years’ Worth of Imaginary Training Be Put to Use?
Edition of 60


Dorks by Mike Mitchell
Edition of 45


D’Artagnan Motherfuckers by Mike Mitchell
Edition of 70


Formaldehyde Face! By Mike Mitchell
Edition of 60


Hey, You Want a Toothpick? By Mike Mitchell
Edition of 90


How Do You Plead? By Mike Mitchell
Edition of 60


How ‘Bout if I’m Mr. Purple? That Sounds Good To Me. I’ll Be Mr. Purple by Mike Mitchell
Edition of 115


I Know I’m Human by Mike Mitchell
Edition of 60


Lick It Up, Baby, Lick It Up by Mike Mitchell
Edition of 45


My Interest Is Energy, Transference of Energy by Mike Mitchell
Edition of 60


No, It’s Pronounced Eye-Gore by Mike Mitchell
Edition of 70


Now The Forbidden Fruit Must Be Tasted! By Mike Mitchell
Edition of 60


WOOPSY DAISY! By Mike Mitchell
Edition of 70



And we are not done just yet. Courtesy of the official webpage of Mitchell himself, we have included the following as-yet-unlabelled pieces featuring even more iconic characters from the films that we have known and loved.



































And even that is not the end as we move on to the "Bastards" selection, infusing two characters into an unexpectedly delightful "Bastard" mix. 


























The Mondo Mike Mitchell show will run from April 26th to May 25th at the Mondo Gallery located at 4115 Guadalupe St. in Austin, TX. 




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