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Photo: Dan Wayne

Dean Mitchell
Born 1957 in Pittsburgh, PA
Lives and works in Overland Park, KS
Release Me, 1991
oil paint on masonite
30 x 44 inches
Purchased with funds from the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1997.6
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Mitchell began his art career as an illustrator, and his superior skills as a draftsman are evident in his paintings. He often portrays African Americans, believing that people of color are underrepresented in museum collections. Release Me is a portrait of his late uncle, Sam. Through this work, Mitchell pays homage to Sam and to friends who have died of AIDS, whose names are reflected in the quilt.