Gordon Mitchell is widely acknowleged to be one of Scotland's finest contemporary draughtsmen and imaginative painters. He trained at the Edinburgh College of Art and became a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute in 1988. In 1998 he was elected to the Royal Scottish Academy, of which he is currently vice president. He has held many solo exhibitions since 1987 in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London and his work can be found in numerous private and public collections.
Mitchell's style is characterised by his use of unexpected subject matter. He selects objects such as ceramic vessels, pieces of driftwood or fruit, and creates anthromorphic forms that suggest an internal dialogue. The perception and comprehension of these complex animated forms is open to each individual's interpretation. The enigmatic relationship in Black and White between the pot and the ewer is heightened by the space in which Mitchell houses them. His subjects are typically set within a fluid, undefined world of colour, light and shadow, rendered with outstanding technical brilliancy.