Out of the Black, Into the Blue

By Beth Mitchell

Medium: Metallic pearl paper acrylic facemount

Size: 100cm by 70cm

General Information: Available to order. Edition of 9 + 2 AP

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About the Artist

Biography

Beth Mitchell currently resides and practices between Brisbane and Melbourne.

Born in Toowoomba, a large portion of Mitchell’s career began in Brisbane where she grew up investing a majority of her youth developing her practice of digital photography underwater.

 

Her contemporary underwater photographs showcase diverse femininity in a captivating world under the surface. In light of the cultural and environmental landscape during the last few years, her work searches for hope and belonging for both the collective, and within herself. Each body of work explores contemporary womanhood through environmental, social and cultural stories and experiences through her medium of photography and water.

 

In 2021, Mitchell won the title of the ”Brisbane Portrait Prize” with her photographic self portrait No Land in Sight”, a $50,000 acquisitive award. In 2022, her film, “The Holocene” was commissioned by the Brisbane City Council and sits in their permanent outdoor digital collection. Mitchell’s contemporary works are featured in public and private collections nationally and internationally.

 

“To dive into Beth Mitchells contemporary photographic art is to be immersed in an underwater world of female figures suspended in mindful and surreal constructs. With a fierce commitment to celebrating the female form, Beths work has evolved and matured in response to internal and external narratives. Her recent work explores connections to culture, nature, and social issues, creating impact with intimate and emotive stories, and a skillful mastery of technical challenges.”

- words by Beautiful Bizarre writer Elizabeth Barden

Awards & Public Collections

2022                       Brisbane City Council Digital Art Collection Film Acquisition - “The Holocene”

2022                       Brisbane City Council Art Acquisition - Cinemagraph (3) “Crown”, “Embryo” + “Origin”

2021                      Brisbane Portrait Prize - “No Land in Sight” $50,000 Acquisition (winner)

2021                      Beautiful Bizarre International Photographic Art Prize - Amphitrite (finalist)

2020                       Gadens Art Collection Acquisition - “Embers”

2020                      Brisbane Portrait Prize - ”Embers” (finalist)

2020                      Beautiful Bizarre International Photographic Art Prize - “Evergreen" (finalist)

2020                      Clayton Utz  Art Award - Lumina” (finalist)

2020                      Mono Awards Australia - Lumina” (honourable mention)

2020                      Australia Top Emerging Photographer - (honourable mention)

2019                      Brisbane Portrait Prize - Ascension" (category winner “Music + Performing Arts” $7,000)

2019                       Aria Development Art Acquisition “The Drapery” (“Arafura” + “Imaginarium” series)

2019                      Beautiful Bizarre International Photographic Art Prize - “Ariadne" (third place)

2019                      Australian Photography Awards - “Out of the black into the blue” (honourable mention)

2019                       Clayton Utz Art Award - “Equipoise” (finalist)

2019                       Lethbridge 20000 - “Out of the black into the blue” (finalist)

2019                    Rotary Art Spectacular Brisbane, “The Dome” (finalist + curators choice)

2018                      Capture Magazine Emerging Photographer of the Year - “The Dome” series (winner)

2018                   Clayton Utz Art Award - “The Dome” (finalist)

2017                       Clayton Utz Art Award - “Madrigalia” “Sonetto” “Ariadne” “Renaissance” (finalists)

2016                       Clayton Utz Art Award - “Arafura”  (finalist)

2015                    RAW National Photographer of the Year Awards (winner)

2015                    Heritage Bank Photographic Award (runner up)

2015                    Heritage Bank Bruce Mckenzie Award “Vesuvius” (winner)

2015                      Clayton Utz Art Award - “Ivory Rose” (finalist)

2014                    NB Art Prize - “Vesuvius” (honourable mention)

2013                    Lethbridge 10000 Art Prize, “Alice” (category winner “creativity”)

2012                    Macquarie Photography Prize (finalist)

2012                    Muswellbrook Photographic Award - “Alice” (finalist)

Solo Exhibitions

2022                       “Watertight” - Penny Contemporary, Hobart

2021                     “Firewater”, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2020                     “Force of Femininity”, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2018                     “The Dome”, Manyung Gallery, Sorrento, Melbourne, VIC

2017                     “The Dome”, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2016                     “Arafura”,  Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2014                     “The Imaginarium”, Retrospect Galleries, Byron Bay, NSW

2014                     “The Imaginarium”, C Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2012                     “Whimsical”, Tosari Galleries, Toowoomba, QLD

Select Exhibitions

2021                     “Springfinity”, Vitrine Installation, Edward & Queen St, Brisbane, QLD

2021                     “Springfinity”, Lightbox (7) works, King George Square, Brisbane, QLD

2021                     Brisbane Portrait Prize, Powerhouse, Brisbane QLD

2021                     Downlands Art Exhibition, Toowoomba, QLD

2020                     Artists Down Under, Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, California

2020                     “Ascension” projection Antique Centre, Paddington Terraces Precinct Project, QLD

2019                     Rotary Art Spectacular, Brisbane, QLD

2019                     Clayton Utz Art Award, Riparian Plaza Brisbane, QLD

2019                     Lethbridge 20,000, Brisbane, QLD

2018                     Group Show by Manyung Galleries, Singapore Affordable Art Fair

2017                     Heritage Bank Art Prize, University of Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD

2016                     “She”, Manyung Galleries, Melbourne, VIC

2015                     “Works on Paper”, Manyung Galleries, Melbourne, Victoria

2014                     Queensland Festival of Photography, Tosari Galleries, Toowoomba, QLD

2014                     Grammar Art Show, Toowoomba Exhibition

2014                     Retrospect Gallery Artists, Hong Kong, Singapore & London Affordable Art Fairs

2013                     “See Me”,  Digital Art Exhibition, New York, NY

2013                     “Keeping Youth” Retrospect Galleries, Byron Bay

2013                     Grammar Art Show, Feature Artist, Toowoomba Qld

2013                     Heritage Bank Art Award, Brisbane Performing Arts Centre,Brisbane, QLD

2013                     Retrospect Gallery Artists, Singapore, Hong Kong, Hamburg, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Brussels Affordable Art Fairs

2012                     Strutten Collective, Bleeding Heart Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2012                     Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, NSW

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