Donald Crocker, Geoff Mitchell

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The Division, 2007 Mixed Media On Panel 48 X 36 In
Path to the Moon – Palos Verdes Oil On Canvas 12 X 16 In
Donald Crocker, Geoff Mitchell

5504 West Crestridge Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, California 90275
September 21st, 2007 - November 18th, 2007
Opening: September 21st, 2007 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

beach cities/south bay
Mon-Sat 10-4; Sun 1-4

In the Norris Gallery, Donald Crocker and Geoff Mitchell brings together two artists from very different backgrounds and aesthetics. However, they share a fascination with form and are both invested in the mystery of image-making, giving them a unique thread of commonality, said Scott Canty, Palos Verdes Art Center exhibitions director. Painting from real life, Donald Crocker reflects the natural beauty of the landscape, while in his abstract paintings, Geoff Mitchell creates a visual language, using a variety of images to evoke memory and uncover hidden meanings.            

The early California Impressionists, with their emphasis on capturing the amazing beauty of natural light, are Crocker’s muses. A native Californian, he paints scenes of land, sea and sky from Palos Verdes north to Santa Barbara.            

“The lighting for my painting is often before the sun’s direct rays have yet warmed the earth, or when it is mostly done with its day’s work,” he said, noting that he often paints outdoors at sunrise or sunset or by moonlight.            

Mitchell collects images the way a lexicographer collects words. As words combine to form sentences and paragraphs, his images layer and string together in ways that transform and transcend their individual meanings to define larger experiences. The result uncovers hidden relationships and narratives.            

In creating his montages of interwoven images that may, on the surface, appear illogical, Mitchell says: “I find it to be a most rewarding process that never ceases to bring a surprise. When I can fully let go of any fear of the random, the nonsensical and the unknown, I find a way of arriving at conclusions I could have never pre-conceived.”