ABOUT THE EXHIBITION...
Combining ancient gold leafing techniques with human figures masterfully
rendered in oil, Metra Mitchell's new series Paragon has
a transfixing glow. Eleven shoe box sized works are on view in phd's
Mitchell explores a variety of elegant poses painted with backgrounds
of gold leaf. The gilding creates decorative flat spaces that embellish
the contours of the figure. Although the subjects are contemporary,
the paintings are reminiscent of sacred icons or images from the
pages of illuminated texts. The intimate setting of the portfolio
space is the perfect setting for the small scale works.
Metra Mitchell earned her Bachelor's of Fine Art in Painting from
Western Kentucky University and her Masters of Fine Arts in Painting
Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO. Metra' s works have been
widely exhibited throughout the midwest and were recently featured
in Eme' Exposition Internationale at the Centre Culturel et de la
Vie Associative Villeurbanne in Lyon, France. She lectures on her
work and teaches Drawing and Design at Forest Park Community College
and Art Survey at St. Charles Community College. Metra continues
to work in her studio located in St. Louis' Central West End.