“With his poetic take on the rhythms, architecture, and sometimes uncanny synchronicities of the natural world, artist Mitchell Lonas is known for his exacting, exhilarating paintings, drawings, and incised panels. The Tennessee native, who studied art history at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, was for many years a respected portrait painter before transitioning to his current style. A portraitist’s sense of focus, line, and beauty continues to inform his latest work…
The gestural drama inherent in these paintings is tempered by a hushed, Zen-like serenity and an intuitive use of negative space that recalls Asian sumi-e brush painting. Immaculately presented with hidden cleats that make the works appear to float in front of the wall, the panels have a weightless, ethereal quality and a sculptural presence that is thoroughly contemporary. In the works’ jubilant, expansive lines, viewers will find a treasure trove of symbolisms and personal narratives.
Mitchell Lonas’ work has been widely exhibited and is featured in notable private, public, institutional, and corporate collections, among them a series of large-scale commissions for Nordstrom department stores.”
Written by: Richard Speer, contributing critic at ARTNews and Art Ltd. magazines. www.richardspeer.com