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Boxing Bear :: Jeff Mitchell

By March 20, 2012Sports & Outdoors

Ladies and gentleman, I give you the whimsically-wicked stylings of Jeff Mitchell. Jeff was kind enough to give some detail on each one of his works here. Click on the main images to get his take.

I thought it would be fun to try and incorporate this moment of ecstasy for the Lebowski character and reference the religion of bowling that permeates the film.  I truly didn't expect the popularity of the movie to be as far-reaching as it is.  I've shipped this print all over the world.

Boxing Bear :: Jeff Mitchell (8)

I really like working with recognizable subjects, so I have the freedom to distort proportions to push the image into the gray area where you recognize him, but you know something isn't quite right.  When I was young, my brother went through a very intense Bruce Lee phase where he collected all the movies.  I guess that was embedded somewhere in me like a bomb waiting to go off.

Boxing Bear :: Jeff Mitchell (6)

“When I was young, my brother went through a very intense Bruce Lee phase where he collected all of his movies. I guess that was embedded somewhere in me like a bomb waiting to go off.”
– jeff mitchell

If I were searching for a painting about manliness, it would surely include Hemingway and a pair of boxing gloves.

Boxing Bear :: Jeff Mitchell (13)

My dad used to take me along to these motorcycle races that had traveling antique bike shows with them.  It was the first time I ever saw an Indian motorcycle.  They were really great memories that were gratifying to express through art.

Boxing Bear :: Jeff Mitchell (4)

"Villain" is based on an earlier painting I did of Andre the Giant titled "Gigantic".  This painting is a good example of playing with subtle shifts in proportion; a technique that I think is really interesting.  I loved painting Andre the Giant.  What a marvel of pop culture.

Boxing Bear :: Jeff Mitchell (2)

It was through Hunter Thompson's writing that I was first introduced to the illustrations of Ralph Steadman.  I remember this defining moment, like the first time you heard Zeppelin, where I thought art was something I really wanted to pursue.

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