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Show tribute to Torquay art teacher Bill Mitchell

By Herald Express  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

BODY OF WORK: Chloe Mitchell with some of her father's work Torquil MacLeod TQTM20131217E-01_C

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THE life's work of an art teacher and prolific contemporary artist from Torquay will be on show at his home and studio on Saturday.

The exhibition at 109, Fore Street, Barton, Torquay, featured a large portion of the 300 pieces of work produced by the late Bill Mitchell.

Mr Mitchell, 78, who died in June, showed his work both nationally and internationally during the 1970s, including through Liverpool John Moores University and at a British Council exhibition.

The artist worked in a variety of mediums including painting on canvas, installation, sculpture, textiles, clay and etchings.

He studied at Falmouth Institute, Cornwall, and at Goldsmiths in London in the 1960s, before settling into a career as an art teacher at Knowles Hill Secondary School in Newton Abbot.

His daughter, Chloe Mitchell, said: "He was deeply affected by the corruption of war and religion and the effect this has on society, and this is strongly embedded in some of his artistic work.

"He was also very good at taking everyday items and turning them into something completely different."

More recently, Mr Mitchell was involved in a number of local groups, such as the Art Farm Project at Rocombe Farm in Stokeinteignhead.

Some of the items have gone on sale with prices ranging from £5 to £500.

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