Anthony Mitri’s meticulous, life-like charcoal drawings, executed using exceptional concentration, patience and skill, portray the French countryside, urban Paris, New York City, and the artist’s native Cleveland, OH. Each charcoal is the representation of a personal, emotional experience bound to the location depicted.
Photographs which Mitri takes at each location help him recall his time spent in such places. These images also serve as guidelines, enabling him to outline the compositional elements of his subjects by way of an under-drawing, after which lighting and the creation of an appropriate mood become his primary focus.
More than photographs, however, Mitri’s own indelible memories of each location serve as his primary source material. This could include certain sounds and smells, as well as all the related circumstances in his life which colored his perceptions and influenced his emotions at that particular time and place.
The artist has said that “The experience of having been there is crucial to these pictures; the process of rendering a drawing becomes an extended moment of memory, the finished piece, a memoir in charcoal”. In describing his feelings about the work, Mitri quotes the poet William Wordsworth who wrote of an “emotion recollected in tranquility”.
Anthony Mitri attended the Cooper School of Art in Cleveland, Ohio, and went on to the Athenaeum School of Fine Art in La Jolla, California, after which he has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions in Southern California, New York City, and in France. His work has also been included in countless group exhibitions and art fairs, examples of which can be found in the collection of the Arkansas Arts Center, the on-line Grantee Image Collection of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation as well as numerous private collections throughout the United States and Europe.