Mitch McGee

My process always starts with a sketch. I develop each drawing until I am satisfied with a concept or direction for the piece.  Next, I bring the drawing into the computer so I can trace the illustration digitally. I print the outline at actual size of the finished piece creating a template. I cut up the template and transfer the drawing to wood.

Using a scroll or jig saw I cut each piece of wood by hand while meticulously working out the layering process. At this point, the piece tends to evolve from the original sketch because what works on paper does not always work three dimensionally. It is important for the layers to stack and the edges to align, so it makes sense visually.

The next step in the process is sanding each piece of birch.  Once each piece has been stained or painted I assemble the layers from front to back so I can sand, fill and paint the edges of the wood before overlapping with the plane below.  The final piece is comprised of laminated pieces of plywood that when stacked together create a compressed dimension.  From illustration to framing, one individual work can take, on average, between 35 and 50 hours to complete.


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Born in 1976, Houston, TX
Lives and works in Boerne, TX

EDUCATION
1999   BFA Studio Art, Baylor University, Waco, TX

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013   All About Pop, New York Design Center, curated by Elisa Contemporary Art, New York, NY

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
2014   Affordable Art Fair, The Tunnel, New York, NY

ELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016   Elisa Contemporary Art at the Affordable Art Fair, The Tunnel, New York, NY
2015   Flux Collective, Mixx Projects + Atelier, Telluride, CO
          Elisa Contemporary Art at the Affordable Art Fair, The Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY
2014   Aqua Art Miami, Basel Art Week, Miami Beach, FL
2013   Smitten, Elisa Contemporary Art, Riverdale, NY
           Elisa Contemporary Art at the Affordable Art Fair, The Tunnel, New York, NY
2012   Twelve by Twelve, Betz Gallery, Houston, TX
           Elisa Contemporary Art at the Affordable Art Fair, The Tunnel, New York, NY
           My Hero, Elisa Contemporary Art, Riverdale, NY
           Elisa Contemporary Art at the Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
2011   Poissant Gallery, Houston, TX
          Winter Street & Spring Street Studios Artist Exhibition, Houston, TX
          6th Annual Inner Art Cooridor Open Show, Houston, TX
2010   Kuhl-Linscomb, Houston, TX
2006   Gallery Night, Leigh Boyd, Ft. Worth, TX

COMMISSIONED WORK
2005   Baylor University, Waco, TX

PRESS
W Magazine
Dwell Magazine
Houston Modern Luxury
My Modern Metropolis
Sunrise Artists
Unfinished Man
Joonbug