Artist DetailsName: Henry Mitchell
Birth: 1915 Death: 1980
Artwork DetailsSubject: Abstract
Period: 20th Century
Medium: bronze on marble base
Dimensions: 43.62 in x 46.06 in 110.8 x 117cm.
Credit: Museum Purchase with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts Living Artist Fund
Mitchell was born in Canton, Ohio, and began working for the Hercules Motor Corp. developing a high-speed diesel for the Navy. After the start of World War II, he joined the Coast Guard and was stationed in Charleston. While in Charleston, he became interested in the arts and worked on projects sponsored by the Carolina Arts Association (governing body of the Gibbes Museum of Art) and in productions at the Dock Street Theatre. After the war he left Charleston to study art in Philadelphia and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Milan, Italy.
As a sculptor with an engineering background, he is able to work magic with balance so that his figures literally leap with life. Pegasus is a middle-size model for a 12-foot sculpture at the Cultural Center for the Arts in Canton, Ohio.