Currently on View: Thomas Mitz

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Art Rise Savannah presents “ThincART: Thomas Mitz” an exhibition of 25 works of art by local artist Thomas Mitz at ThincSavannah.

A reception will be held on April 16, from 6 – 9 pm to celebrate the opening of the exhibit. The opening reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Music by Gypsy Slim will provide mood and entertainment for the evening.

This exhibition will display a range of works by Mitz, from large oil paintings, to personal portraits and charcoal studies, showcasing Mitz’s vast artistic skill set and artistic process. Much of the work explores cultural figures and objects found in New York City, where Mitz lived for several decades.

His oil paintings use a technique he calls “polyocular painting” to abstract the subject matter through a fragmented puzzle of brilliant color pieces. Through a hyper-detail oriented exploration of both form and color, Mitz creates vibrant energetic works. The subject matter for many of these works are sculptures found at the MET in New York City, from Rodin to classical Greek statuary.

The charcoal studies reveal the realistic origins of the polyocular chromatic masterpieces.

Also included is a portrait series of members of the New York Philharmonic. Mitz knew many of the subjects personally which is apparent in the soulful nuances he captures in their likenesses.

Mitz was born and raised in Chicago where he began his formal painting studies in grade school. He later went on to study independently with noted Chicago artists Bob Novak and Ed Paschke. While in his teens he began to study bass and has been playing professionally ever since, primarily jazz and blues.

In his 30s he relocated to New York City. He has had numerous one man and group shows in both Chicago and New York. He has also worked as a dramatist, having numerous plays produced on New York City’s theater row. He is the author of The Last Supper, a musical enactment, in collaboration with composer Gary William Friedman.

He currently resides in Savannah, Georgia where he paints, exhibits and plays in several bands. He has an upcoming exhibition at the Koehnline Museum in Chicago of porcelain enamel paintings and murals opening this May.

“ThincART: Thomas Mitz” is a collaboration by Art Rise Savannah and ThincSavannah to provide opportunities for Savannah’s local artists to display and sell artwork. Previous exhibitions have included work from artists such as Daniel Smith, Jenny Eitel, Juliana Peloso, Angela Burson, Michael Ellison, Dan Kaufman, Kelley Hagemes, Jennifer Salmon, Jean-Pierre Viallfoñe, Christina Edwards and Taylor Curry.

For more information please contact Clinton Edminster, Executive Director of Art Rise Savannah at info@artrisesavannah.org or Lauren Flotte, Art Rise Savannah Board Secretary and Exhibition Curator at lauren@artrisesavannah.org.