Monthly Archives: September 2015

Meet The Artist – “JEFF MITCHELL”

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One thing we love most here at Oak Tree Vintage is introducing our readers to incredible artists, musicians, brewers and performers. It is an honor though when we get to introduce you to artists who specialize in genres that we are particularly fond of, in this case, Dia De Los Muertos inspired art. Meet Jeff Mitchell.

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     “Calavera Noche” © Boxing Bear Print Co.

His art doesn’t solely focus on the Day of the Dead genre, it also includes pop-culture works that are intriguing, edgy and would appeal to people who like a bit of a twist to creative expression on print. If you are a fan of Adventure Time (as so many of us are), you need to experience Jake the Dog through Jeff’s imagination. Throw out those stale depictions of cottages in the meadows that are so grossly ensconced in chunky 60’s bronze plated frames, these are definitely prints worth flaunting in your living room that no one will snub! Treat yourself to art that is diverse, moody and has the ability to make you want to wallow in the eccentricity of Bears in Suites, Bill Murray and Mariachi Skeletons.

          “Bring Your Friends” © Boxing Bear Print Co.

 

We had the opportunity to ask Jeff a few questions regarding his work, his style and what advice he has for aspiring artists. Here’s what he had to say;

Oak Tree: Who are you and what do you do?
Jeff Mitchell: My name is Jeff Mitchell, and I’m the owner/artist of Boxing Bear Studio in Tulsa, OK.
Oak Tree: What or who inspired you to become an artist?
Jeff Mitchell: This guy I knew in college, Roger Disney. He would paint in oil with a palette knife. He was the first career artists that I’d ever known, and I realized that any regular guy who works really hard and has a passion for art can make money painting.
Oak Tree: Is this a hobby or a way of life for you?
Jeff Mitchell: I am a trained graphic designer, and I make my living with design, illustration and painting.
Oak Tree: What’s integral to your work? Environment, sound, light, food, drink, emotion, people or just your own imagination?
Jeff Mitchell: Creating art, for me, is a solitary practice. I’m easily distracted, so I have to retreat to a place where I can focus. I create a lot of pop art, so I like to have music or movies that are related to the subject of my current work playing in the background.Oak Tree:What has been a groundbreaking experience?
Jeff Mitchell: The first year I started selling and distributing my art, one of my Day of the Dead paintings was selected to promote the annual celebration in Tulsa. A few weeks later, I was driving down the highway and noticed my painting lit up on a billboard. It was one of the first times I felt I was transitioning from a hobbyist to a legitimate artist, and validation is so important when you’re starting out.

Oak Tree: How has your artwork evolved over time?
Jeff Mitchell: I try to learn new techniques and push myself every time I create something new. I have a tendency to move too fast, so I’m trying to slow down and really develop the styles I use.

Oak Tree: What style of art do you most identify with?
Jeff Mitchell: I’m definitely drawn to editorial illustration, street art and commercial muralists.

Oak Tree: What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Jeff Mitchell: Not a response in the traditional sense, but I had a guy pull my boxing bear painting and have it tattooed on his leg. Once I came to terms with the permanence of it all, I was honored.

Oak Tree: What is your dream project?
Jeff Mitchell: I’d love to get the chance to create an illustration to accompany an article in a magazine.

Oak Tree: How different do you think your life would have been without art?
Jeff Mitchell: I probably would have been a musician. I think artists age better than guitarists.

Oak Tree: As an artist, what do you think is the best way to deal with criticism?
Jeff Mitchell: It depends on the source. If the criticism is coming from someone I respect, I’ll definitely listen. If the criticism is unsolicited, it’s probably not worth my time.
Oak Tree: What advice would you give aspiring artists?
Jeff Mitchell: Make art for yourself. Trust yourself. If you remain honest, your art will connect with people.
Jeff’s art has certainly connected with us here at Oak Tree Vintage and you should definitly have his art connect with your space! Here’s a few places where you can view and purchase Jeff Mitchell’s work:
Instagram   Twitter      Tumblr     Facebook     Boxing Bear Online Shop    Etsy
Everyone here at Oak Tree Vintage would like to thank Jeff Mitchell for his time, talent and contribution to the world of art!
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KOTOLAN – A Free Music and Art Event Sept. 10th

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Haven Studio and Gallery of Los Angles announces the first major art show displaying works by Joshua Ian, a prolific artist and key documentarian of indie band Kotolan and the downtown scene.

Based out of Los Angeles, the alternative music group has a blend of art rock, Latin soul and Japanese 60s pop with vintage production aesthetics. Lead singer Junko sings in English, Spanish, and Japanese gives the audience a performance like no other female singer in the industry. She has shared the stage with the likes of Chicano icon Lalo Guerrero and Linda Ronstadt. WOW! But Kotolan continues to “WOW” us all. Band member Otto has also had the opportunity to record for Snoop Dog, Marc Anthony, Ozomatli, Sheila E. Kotolan will be performing live, and the band is scheduled to go on at 9pm.

On view September 10, 2015 on the same day as Downtown Art Walk for one night only, the show will also feature photo-based works alongside archival artwork by Danny Greene, Mr. Black Brain, Emerson Barrett, Geoff Melville, Lekit, Atomik One, Rusty Blades, and Geo. In keeping with this month’s Street Art and Performance theme, Haven Studios will be organizing a special show featuring an eclectic range of street artists and performers local to the DTLA art scene.

Join us at our unique urban art gallery in Downtown Los Angeles for Downtown Art Walk. Start the night at KGB Gallery & Haven Studios. It will be a night filled with friends and colleague so bring plenty of business cards. A new way of networking and buying art. Live entertainment, DJ, cocktails, culinary cuisine, and art.

From the DJ that brings everyone together at Grand Park D.J Black Shakespeare from The Lions will be spinning live.

And for those foodies out there, the food truck sensation Tokyo Doggie Style will provide the choicest of grub, while inside mixology bartenders will keep you guessing ingredients all night long.

Remember this is a FREE event.

When:

Thursday, September 10, 2015 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Where:

Haven Studio & Gallery

1640 North Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

**by Natily G of Haven Studio & Gallery

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