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Smoke & Mirrors: Ransom & Mitchell
September 8 - October 27, 2012
Smoke and Mirrors Ransom Mitchell Varnish Fine Art

Ransom & Mitchell Bring Their Uncanny Tableaus To Varnish Fine Art
In Their First Solo Exhibit Of Fine Art Photography, Smoke & Mirrors

September 8-October 27, 2012
Artist Reception Saturday September 8, 6pm to 9pm

Varnish Fine Art is proud to present Ransom & Mitchell's Smoke & Mirrors solo exhibit of photo illustration tableaus and portraiture. Their visually stunning works, informed by professional backgrounds in the filmmaking world, are the end result of creative collaborations with and intense study of the art world notables they photograph.

In Smoke & Mirrors Ransom & Mitchell’s love of Italian and Dutch Masters comes through in the evocative narratives and modeled lighting of their photo illustrative portraits and tableaus. The duo combines the production value of cinema, the drama of Renaissance era chiaroscuro and the intimacy of baring your soul to your best friend by actively collaborating with their subjects. Viewers are caught in a web of tension, voyeuristically watching the subjects, grandiose in bearing and manner, caught in a moment of vulnerability, revealing their essential humanness. Ransom & Mitchell are able to draw out these intimate moments by diving into the hearts and minds of their subjects, whether Artist or the concept of “Vanity”, making the photo illustrations resonate with both viewer and subject.

“At the end of the day, we strive to create portraits that are deeply heartfelt and meaningful,” says Ransom. “It has been an extraordinarily rewarding and stimulating exercise to be able to collaborate with other creatives who were willing to throw inhibitions out the window and embrace the true nature of story telling.”

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

About Ransom & Mitchell Ransom & Mitchell is the artistic nom de plume of director-photographer Jason Mitchell and his partner both in business and in life, set designer-photo illustrator, Stacey Ransom. The duo met in San Francisco in 1999 while pursuing their respective careers and first began working together on films in 2004. In 2009, they opened Purebred, a still + motion production company, where in addition to creating commercial media, they use their filmmaking background to create their highly-stylized narrative photo illustrations.

RANSOM & MITCHELL INTERVIEW

SMOKE & MIRRORS CATALOG


Press Release



Artwork:

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The Truth Lies Within
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2012
Edition of 10
36 x 24 inches
 
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Her Burdens Are Her Pleasure
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2012
Edition of 10
24 x 36 inches
 
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A Perfect Fit
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2012
Edition of 10
36 x 24 inches
 
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Moulage
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2012
Edition of 10
8 x 10 inches
 
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The Last Kiss
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2012
Edition of 10
24 x 16 inches
 
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Wreckage
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2012
Edition of 10
36 x 24 inches
 
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Nos Fiere Quod Seminat
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2011
Edition of 20
24 x 16 inches
 
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Vanitas
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2011
Edition of 10
36 x 24 inches
 
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Avaritia
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2011
Edition of 10
24 x 16 inches
 
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Elegant Inception
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2012
Edition of 10
36 x 24 inches
 
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Elegant Extraction
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2012
Edition of 10
24 x 36 inches
 
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Elegant Awakening
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2012
Edition of 10
36 x 24 inches
 
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My Heart Is Where My Head Was
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2009
Edition of 10
36 x 24 inches
 
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My Head Is Where My Heart Was
Digital
Video
2009
Edition of 3
14.5 x 18 x 3 inches
 
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Melisande
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2009
Edition of 20
18 x 12 inches
 
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The Last Good Man (Scott Musgrove)
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2012
Edition of 10
30 x 19.5 inches
 
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Hubris (Scott Musgrove)
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2012
Edition of 10
16 x 12 inches
 
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The Alchemist (Greg 'Craola' Simkins)
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2012
Edition of 10
16 x 24 inches
 
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The Barber (Mike Davis)
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2011
Edition of 10
12 x 16 inches
 
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The Nobleman (Mike Davis)
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2011
Edition of 10
18 x 12 inches
 
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Of The Manor Born (Scott Wilson)
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2010
Edition of 10
12 x 8 inches
 
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Between Worlds (JL Schnabel)
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2012
Edition of 20
24 x 16 inches
 
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Joan of Arc (JL Schnabel)
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2012
Edition of 10
12 x 8 inches
 
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Eat Me (Wednesday Kirwan)
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2011
Edition of 10
9 x 6 inches
 
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In The Dark (Charmaine Olivia)
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2011
Edition of 10
12 x 8 inches
 
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Ritual: Charmaine Olivia
Digital
Video
2011
Edition of 3
9.5 x 13.25 x 2 inches
 
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Ritual (Charmaine Olivia)
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2011
Edition of 10
18 x 12 inches
 
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Funky Fresh Pee Pea (100taur)
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2011
Edition of 10
9 x 6 inches
 
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The Whisper (100taur)
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2011
Edition of 10
12 x 8 inches
 
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David Pescovitz
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2012
Edition of 10
12 x 8 inches
 
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Creative Juices (Stacey Ransom)
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2009
Edition of 10
12 x 8 inches
 
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Monster Hunter (Alex Pardee)
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2011
Edition of 10
12 x 18 inches
 
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Alex Pardee
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2011
Edition of 10
12 x 8 inches
 
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Rainbow Stigmata (Robert Bowen)
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2011
Edition of 10
18 x 12 inches
 
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BFF's (Robert Bowen)
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2010
Edition of 10
6 x 9 inches
 
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Attaboy
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2011
Edition of 10
12 x 8 inches
 
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Little Lord
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2009
Edition of 10
9 x 4.5 inches
 
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Jason Mitchell, Self-Portrait
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2010
Edition of 10
9 x 12 inches
 
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Orthros Sapien (Ransom & Mitchell)
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2011
Edition of 10
18 x 12 inches
 
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Raygun
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2010
Edition of 10
9 x 6 inches
 
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Craww
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2011
Edition of 10
12 x 18 inches
 
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Spaced (Josh Ellingson)
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2011
Edition of 10
12 x 8 inches
 
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John Casey
Photo Illustration
Archival Print on Paper
2011
Edition of 10
9 x 6 inches
 

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