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A Romantic Abroad: Leonard Victor Mitchell

4 to 29 February 2020

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A New Zealand artist who sought out the landscapes, townscapes and characters which had inspired his own artistic heroes.

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Mitchell Studios started life back in March 2018 with a pop-up exhibition of the work of late New Zealand artist Leonard Victor Mitchell. The exhibition was organised by the Mitchell family and friends and comprised of artworks held in the family collection. The success of that first exhibition, bolstered by a story on TVNZ’s Sunday programme, led to the establishment of a permanent gallery. A follow-up exhibition concentrated on Leonard’s New Zealand works and 2020 starts with A Romantic Abroad – a new exhibition of Leonard Victor Mitchell’s work focused on his time in England and Europe.

Brought up in Wellington and educated at the Wellington Technical College of Art, Leonard Victor Mitchell was a well-known and successful part of the local art scene during the 1950s. Director of the Lambton Galleries, Mitchell was the winner of the inaugural Kelliher Art Award for landscape painting (1956, and again in 1958) and the creator of the ambitious murals at the Lower Hutt War Memorial Library. He painted many of the key figures of the day – the Rt. Hon. Walter Nash (collection of Te Papa Tongarewa), Dame Ngaio Marsh (Ryman Healthcare collection), architect James Chapman-Taylor, conductor Warwick Braithwaite (National Library) and Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Bennett DSO MA (National Archives), as well as many of his contemporaries such as Nugent Welch (National Library), Sam Cairncross and Peter McIntyre.

In 1959 Mitchell was awarded a scholarship by the Netherlands Institute for International Cultural Relations and left for Holland the following year to study the work of his heroes – Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Vincent van Gogh. On completion of the scholarship he settled in the English village of Coggeshall where he remained until his early death in 1980. During the 1960s and 70s Leonard achieved considerable success in Europe, exhibiting in Belgium and Monte Carlo and at the Paris Salon where he received two gold medals (1968 & 1971), one silver medal (1967), and an honorable mention (1966) for painting and printmaking.

So why do we refer to Leonard as A Romantic Abroad? Leonard was a proponent of traditional painting and naturalism. The son of a commercial artist, he was a believer in solid draughtsmanship and attention to detail and was opposed to modernism and abstraction. However, he was also a romantic, very spiritual, and took great interest in unusual and exotic subjects such as the English wanderers and travellers which feature heavily in his work. Our new exhibition seeks to give its audience Leonard’s view of England and Europe of the 60s and 70s – the view of a New Zealand artist who sought out the landscapes, townscapes and characters which had inspired his own artistic heroes.

Learn more about Leonard here or through the book Mitchell & Mitchell: A Father & Son Arts Legacy.

The Musicians, London by Leonard Victor Mitchell

The Musicians, London, Leonard Victor Mitchell

 

A Romantic Abroad Catalogue

Night, Thames, Tower of London by Leonard Victor Mitchell

Night, Thames and Tower of London

Oil on canvas 1969
$11,500

Dawn from Southwark Bridge by Leonard Victor Mitchell

Dawn from Southwark Bridge, London

Oil on canvas 1968
$11,500

Mirielle and Monique of Paris, in Coggeshall by Leonard Victor Mitchell

Mirielle and Monique of Paris, in Coggeshall

Oil on Canvas 1971
$9,500

Sailing Boats & Marigold Fields by Leonard Victor Mitchell

Sailing boats, East Anglia

Oil on Canvas 1962
$950

Marigold Field, Scripps Farm, Coggeshall

Oil on Canvas 1961
$4,750

Winter Landscape Suffolk by Leonard Victor Mitchell

Winter Landscape Suffolk

Watercolour on paper
$4,250

Snow Outside Coggeshall by Leonard Victor Mitchell

Snow Outside Coggeshall

Oil on canvas 1962
$4,750

Late Afternoon & Tower Bridge by Leonard Victor Mitchell

Late Afternoon by the River

Watercolour on paper 1964
$4,250

Tower Bridge, London

Watercolour on paper 1961
$1,750

Please contact us with any inquiries.

Autumn Oak with Wanderers by Leonard Victor Mitchell

Autumn Oak with Wanderers

Oil on canvas 1962
$6,750

Wanderers Under a Tree by Leonard Victor Mitchell

Wanderers Under a Tree

Etching print 1962
$600 SOLD

Souvenir of an Autumn Walk by Leonard Victor Mitchell

Souvenir of an Autumn Walk

Oil on board 1975
$950

Lane at Nayland, Suffolk, with Wanderers by Leonard Victor Mitchell

Lane at Nayland, Suffolk, with Wanderers

Watercolour on paper
$3,750

Pink Rose & Nude by Leonard Victor Mitchell

Pink Rose with Apples

Watercolour on paper 1960
$950

Reclining Nude

Pen & wash on paper 1960
$950

The Musicians by Leonard Victor Mitchell

The Musicians, London

Oil on canvas 1969
$11,500

Please contact us with any inquiries.

Bulb Fields by Leonard Victor Mitchell

Dutch Bulb Fields

Oil on board 1960
$6,500

Dutch Canal with Storks Nests by Leonard Victor Mitchell

Dutch Canal Scene with Cows and Stork Nests

Oil on canvas 1961
$4,750

Dutch Canal Scenes by Leonard Victor Mitchell

Dutch Canal and Barge, Spring

Oil on canvas 1962
$4,750

Dutch Canal Scene with Church and Fisherman

Oil on board 1961
$4,750

Bridge at Delft & Tulips Wassenar by Leonard Victor Mitchell

Bridge at Delft

Watercolour on paper 1961
$2,750

Tulips, Wassenar, The Hague

Watercolour on paper 1961
$2,750

Dutch Watercolours by Leonard Victor Mitchell

Left: Dutch Flower Harvest

Watercolour on paper c1960
$350

Upstart Crows

Watercolour on paper c1960
$350

Haymakers, Holland

Watercolour on paper c1960
$350

Dutch Farmer with Moody Skies

Watercolour on paper c1960
$350

Please contact us with any inquiries.

Please note that, although every effort is made when photographing and presenting artworks on this website, nothing compares to seeing a painting, print or drawing in the flesh.
We cannot make any guarantees regarding the accuracy of colour representation when viewing artworks on this website.