Mitchell Villa's process follows movement, while his brush stroke reflects his subjects in motion. Villa works in layers, applying, reapplying, and distorting. Sections of the canvas seem like spliced film frames, while others imply motion blur, collage, trace-lines, smudge, and saturation among their emotive effects. Villa challenges the single moment usually reflected in a two dimensional composition. His figures seem to move through time and out from the frame. Their energy is amplified by his large scale and bold colours, which draw the viewer inside. One can stand well under the top of the frame, and pace from one side to the other, following the movement and its sense of rhythm, as one would with music or dance.
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Mitchell Villa is a primarily self taught artist. Drawn to the endless possibilities and mark-making applications of the painting medium, he began experimenting with acrylics early on and transitioned into oil in 2018. Villa has established himself as a painter in Western Canada, eventually settling down his practice in Victoria, BC, where he finds... more info