I am a visual and spoken word artist, orginally from Norwood, La in East Feliciana Parish. I have lived in East Baton Rouge Parish for the last 6 years. I have an Associates Degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Houston, which I acquirred in Fall 2001. In May 2007 I acquirred my Bachelors of Art in Fine Arts from Southern University of Baton Rouge.
My visual art consists of two-dimensional works such as drawings and paintings, as well as mixed media, and also graphic design. When drawing and painting, I execute my compositions in a representational, or realism, style. That carries over to my subject matter as I grab from real life situations, whether it be historical or something in the present day. My main area of interests is African and African American history and experiences, but I also love focusing on the life experiences of different cultures. I feel that my art tells stories of people that are not often told, focusing on some situations that we, as human beings, sometimes dodge.
I have been told that I was an activist. Well, my work is Activism. But rather than forcing one to look at hardships of the world, I‘d rather my art carry that person to a place where they can relate or debate about the work. My spoken word poetry is the same. What I can‘t capture in drawings and paintings, I capture in words and vice-versa. I am a memeber of the Baton Rouge Poetry Alliance. We have been conducting poetry readings in the Greater Baton Rouge Area for over 9 or 10 years.
I have organized different art events in Baton Rouge, mostly on the campus of Southern University of Baton Rouge. For the last 5 years I have organized a one night exhibition entitled “Profile of a Black Woman“ which featured my art as well as spoken word poetry, music and other talents from remarkable artists, all dedicated to Black Women locally, nationally, and across the Diaspora. This has since grown to be an annual event.
I also had my first one-man exhibtion at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library: Scotlandville Branch. The exhibiton was named “HERO and other Works by Antoine GHOST Mitchell.“ This work focused on past African and African American heroes that are not often talked about in histry, as well as movements of the past that had shaped the times of today. This exhibition was held for a month.
My current exhibiton, which ends July 31st, is called “The Colors of One Love.“ This is another one-man, one-month, exhibition being held at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library: Greenwell Springs Regional Branch. Unlike my other exhibitions, the audience for “The Colors of One Love“ was for all groups of people and showed my evolution, not just as an artist, but as a human being.
I have also had the pleasure during my studies at Southern University of Baton Rouge to have my work displayed in many Student Art Shows. In the 2003, I won 2nd place for Best In Show. In 2007, my collegues and I had our work displayed at the grand opening of the Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum in Hammond, La.
My goal is to become a well-renowned “all-around-arist“ that will not only offer works of art, but also a doorway into learning about the experiences and hardships of other cultures as well as their own.