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Ransom & Mitchell


About the Artists:
Ransom & Mitchell is the fine art nom de plume for the artistic collaborations of Jason Mitchell & Stacey Ransom. Director-photographer Jason Mitchell and set designer-photo illustrator Stacey Ransom create highly-detailed and visually-lush photographic portraits & scenarios. Their work is narrative in nature and draws upon the darker undercurrent that exists within all aspects of society. They aim to create worlds that cannot exist, through a unique combination of cinematic lighting, theatrically designed sets and an illustrative approach that is inspired by the Italian and Dutch Master painters. Their meticulous mind-set and skills were honed in their years of working on motion picture films and they still often create short films to accompany their photo works.

For a behind the scenes look at their process, visit THIS POST and THIS POST from the Hi-Fructose Magazine Blog.

Behind the Scenes with Mike Davis

Varnish Interview with Ransom & Mitchell on their background, process and more:

Video of Absinthe

A study of consumption, of consuming while being consumed.

Director/DP. Jason Mitchell
Production Design. Stacey Ransom
Production. Purebred

For ArtPadSF 2012, Varnish Fine Art (in room #30) asked Ransom & Mitchell to create a special photo booth installation in the bathroom to pay tribute to the hotel’s history and the edginess of the San Francisco art fair. "We thought the best way to do this would be to lovingly recreate the Chelsea hotel bathroom where Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sid Vicious, tragically bled to death."-Stacey Ransom

Ransom & Mitchell gave us the most instagram’erific stop on your wild weekend art tour –
The Pretty Vacant Photo Booth.


From studying acting at Carnegie Mellon to serving as a broadcast journalist in the Navy with material airing on CBS, BBC and NHK, Jason Mitchell has been involved in many aspects of the business. This broad experience has cultivated an artful style which has paired well with his technically savvy productions. Recent roles have been as Director, Cinematographer and Photographer for his company Purebred producing commercials, industrials and films including “They Turned Our Desert Into Fire.”

Stacey Ransom has worked as a Production Designer on a variety of feature films, music videos and short films. She is an award-winning Creative Director for photography and is a well-versed photo illustrator and motion graphics designer. Prior to forming Purebred she was the Creative Director with Columbia Sportwear, Design Principal with the international branding firm ViA, and the Senior Designer with Limited Stores.



‘die Familie’ ZeroFriends Gallery, Oakland, CA (October)

‘Smoke & Mirrors’ Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA (Sept-Oct)


‘Tarot Under Oath’ Last Rites Gallery, NY, NY

‘Troublesome Houses: Tribute to Will Oldham” Louisville Visual Art Association, KY (Nov-Dec)
‘Metamorphosis, Liminal Beings & Legendary Creatures’ Gristle Tattoo, Brookly, NY (April)
‘DECADE-1’ Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA (Apr-May)
‘Undertow 3’ Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY (Mar-Apr)

'CONTEXT-Art Miami' Varnish Fine Art, Miami Art Week, Miami, FL (December)
'Nevermore' Modern Eden, San Francisco, CA (December)
'Something Personal' APA SF (December)
'Allied Forces' Modern Eden, San Francisco, CA (November)
‘Awakened’ (Curated by Alix Sloan) AFA SoHo NYC Gallery, New York, NY (Sept 20-29)
‘Lethal Injection’ 111 Minna, San Francisco, CA (August)
‘Pangea Seed: The Great West Coast Migration’ (July 13-August 19)
--Roq la Rue, Seattle, WA (July 13-15)
--Grass Hut Co., Portland, OR (July 20-22)
--Spoke Art, San Francisco CA (July 27-28)
--LeBasse Projects, Los Angeles, CA (August 2-4)
--The ARTery, Costa Mesa, CA (August 10-12)
--Space 4 Art, San Diego, CA (August 17-19)
‘Off the Clock’ APA-LA Curated Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA (June)
‘ArtPadSF’ with Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA (May)
Visual Aid (May)
‘SCOPE NY’ with Sloan Fine Art (March)

‘Something Personal’ APA-SF Curated Exhibit (December)
‘MONSTERS’ Collaborate Gallery, Oakland, CA (November)
‘Tall Tales: Collaborative Projects by John Casey & Friends’ Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA (October)

‘Something Personal’ APA-SF Curated Exhibit (December)
‘Smashbox FACE/OFF’ Smashbox Studios, West Hollywood, CA (December)
‘Consumption’ The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Co (July)

‘Something Personal’ APA-SF Curated Exhibit (December)

2010, 2011: International Photography Awards, honorable mention
2009: APA-SF ‘Something Personal’ 4th place

Boing, Ransom & Mitchell's Phantasmagoric Photo Narratives, San Francisco Show September 6, 2012, Interview: It’s All Done With Ransom & Mitchell’s Smoke and Mirrors September 4, 2012 PREVIEW: CRAOLA BY RANSOM & MITCHELL FOR SMOKE & MIRRORS @ VARNISH, SF September 4, 2012 A Behind the Scenes Look at Ransom & Mitchell's Photo Illustrations August 21, 2012
Varnish Fine Art Blog Smoke & Mirrors: The Ransom & Mitchell Interview August 10, 2012
download ARTLTD_R_M_Review2012.pdf



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