Welcome to the sculpture world of Don Mitchell. This widely collected artist has works throughout the United States as well as many foreign countries, including Mexico, England, Germany, Canada and Belgium. His unique steel and aluminum sculptures ignite your imagination in a most positive way, often leaving you with both a smile and a creative boost for your day. Don is a colorist and enjoys providing unique visual images that creatively stimulate and nearly always amuse the viewer.
Arne Hansen, noted art historian and museum curator said of Mitchell's work: "Don Mitchell, a nationally collected Colorado sculptor is an interesting study in contrasts. His somewhat surreal, colorful sculptures are reminiscent, but not derivative, of the works of Miro, Calder, and Dubuffet. But the humor and odd juxtapositions of elements in Mitchell's work makes it child-like and extremely sophisticated. This mixture of qualities attracts both very young viewers and major collectors of American art". In October 1998 Don was the featured artist on the TV program The Art Seen. The July/August 2000 issue of Colorado Homes and Lifestyles magazine further discusses Don’s sculpture and philosophy.
Don was raised in the small rural town of Rochester, Mich. He attended both Ferris State College and Oakland University, majoring in biology and philosophy. He then completed a four-year apprenticeship in metal fabrication in the experimental engineering group of General Motors Truck and Coach Division. Upon graduation from that program, Don transferred to the Experimental Stress group where he was a project engineer. Don's early career was centered around the creation, engineering, manufacturing and management of products, with companies like General Motors, Samsonite and Lear Siegler. In retrospect, it seems very clear that all of Don's education and career activities have been a preparation and foundation for his art and sculpture.
Since completion of his first public monumental sculpture in 1990, commercial and public commissions have become an important and growing aspect of Don's work. Sculptures have been placed in six states with sizes ranging to 228 inches in height. Large-scale wall sculptures which depict in a positive colorful way a product line or process, people interacting, or a fun story is another growing area. Clients have included KN Energy, Wanco Inc. and Safeco. Six monumental outdoor sculptures for the Standley Lake Marketplace in Westminster, CO were completed in 1999 and an eighteen-foot tall public sculpture called New Ideas was completed for the City of Lakewood, CO in 2000. In January 2000, Don was one of the judges for the International Snow Sculpture Championship in Breckenridge, CO. For the year 2001 Don has two monumental sculpture projects, one for the City of Aurora, CO and one for the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District Ice Arena in Littleton, CO..
In 1991 his small sculptures were introduced at the museum store show in Houston, Texas. Currently, more than thirty major museum stores across the country are carrying these pieces, including the Smithsonian Institute, The Whitney, in New York, MOCA in Los Angeles and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico City. Typically these pieces are about 18 inches high, are made from aluminum and often were created from maquette studies of larger sculptures. Don ‘s work is especially attractive to children of all ages, and he has worked with children in several schools helping them make fun, colorful sculptures.