From his inspirations, to his processes, to his use of materials, all the way to the finished product, Mitchell’s aesthetic is determined by an idea of disorder and deconstruction, pulling apart the ordinary, to put it back together in extraordinary ways. Nobel prize winning physicist Richard Feynman gives us a reflection that fits Gavins work to the roots when he says, “Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.” Gavin’s strength in expressing himself through art comes from his curiosity and study of the world around us.
Drawing inspiration from the most unlikely of places, from car boot to lost attics, searching old playboy magazines to retro playing cards, everything is a journey of exploration. Gavin takes these lost treasures and layers them with his own sense of magical realism, ultimately giving us a multilayered story inside each piece to discover. Refusing to be constrained by any one media, Gavin, creates his layers using whatever technique is required to tell the story to the viewer. These layers can be gold leaf, red leaf, paint, photography, found materials used in his irreverent and original manner. Keeping with the theme of the materials, the actual “canvas” used can be as varied as the work put upon it, skate boards to actual playing cards, it is all part of the story.
Art that is both timeless and ever changing in its progression, as Gavin’s work so beautifully does, giving rise to the quantum conundrums of superposition, brings us back to Feynman again, who explains it like this, “The paradox” is only a conflict between reality and your feeling of what reality “ought to be.” Gavin’s work will always invite the viewer to contemplate and become lost inside the world in which it is alive, the viewers mind.