Dundas Valley School of Art
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Fri, Apr 14, 2023 08:00PM EDT
Lot 1448

EPHEMERAL by Mitch Davis-Mann

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Artist: Mitch Davis-Mann
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 48'' x 40''
​​​​​​​Location: Loft


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About This Work
“My intent is not to create a photo realistic copy, but rather a living, breathing depiction, full of energy regardless of subject. The Peony makes for a great muse. So delicate and full of beauty that is displayed in such a short time. A poetic comparison to the life we all share.


For me, there is only one flower. One flower that is so beautiful, yet so bashful, it hangs its head nearly all its life. So full and lush in its few short-lived days that its very unfolding harks a message of not only its full glory but too, the beauty of its eventual death. The Peony.



The message in my peony paintings is a transference of time. Documenting them in their fullness, knowing full well that the next stage is a reminder of the fragility of all life. Whether executing in oils or pastels, my story is universal- one told of inevitable change but right before, an apprehension of a fleeting moment. One that captures the importance of a moment in time in a mindful and graceful way. Understanding that the flower will pass and return to the earth only to regenerate itself to new blooms, to a new message of hope for tomorrow.” 



Mitch Davis-Mann is a self-taught artist living and working out of the small town, Dundas, Ontario. In his short career, Mitch has received many opportunities prompting a deep expansion of his work. Mitch was the Technical Research Assistant for the forensic reconstruction of the Pharaoh King Tutankhamen. He was awarded the honorary title of “Artist in Residence” for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), elected into the Canadian Portrait Academy, and has attained active status with the Federation of Canadian Artists. His work is held in private collections on several continents.


Instagram: @mitchdavismann
Facebook: @MDMartwork


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