Sculptor, painter and teacher, Mitchell grew up near Swansea, attending art classes at Swansea School of Art before moving to the St Ives area of Cornwall in 1938. A series of jobs followed over the years, including market gardening and tin mining during which time he pursued his painting seriously.
In 1949 he became Barbara Hepworth's assistant working with her for ten years. In the same year he co-founded the Penwith Society, and in 1957 began Porthis Textile Prints. It was during this time that he took up sculpture himself, initially in wood with his first bronze sculpture in 1959. By 1960 Mitchell was teaching at the Penzance Grammar and Redruth School of Art. Winning the Arts Council Award in 1966 enabled Mitchell to become a full-time sculptor, living and working in Newlyn.
From 1957, Mitchell's works have been exhibited both in England and abroad, including Waddington Galleries in London and Bianchini Gallery in New York.
The Tate Gallery, London
The Arts Council of Great Britain
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Somerville College, Oxford
Churchill College, Cambridge
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
National Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
National Gallery of Wellington, New Zealand
Cornwall County Council
signed with initials, dated 1974 and titled on base
number 3 from an edition of 8
Private Collection 1974 - 2016
Bath, Festival Gallery , Denis Mitchell Sculptures 1950 - 1978, April 1978, cat no 32 (another cast)
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, Festival Exhibition of Sculpture by Denis Mitchell, 1979, Exhibition catalogue, illustrated.
Trew is one of Mitchell's smallest sculptures yet still retains the almost monumental presence of similar bronzes such as Trevean (26 inches high).