"Disrupted Testimony," Digital Collage by Mitchell Aiken
I am a retired art professor— and also a painter, writer and curator—living on California's central coast. My life in art has been shaped by meetings with notable artists—including Richard Diebenkorn, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Nathan Oliveira—and by an internship serving art collectors Hunk and Moo Anderson, founders of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. My book My Art World: Recollections and Other Writings details these experiences and many others,
During my teaching career I taught both studio art and art history at Mt. San Jacinto College, Introduction to Modernism at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and Theory and Criticism in the MFA program at Laguna College of Art and Design. I currently serve on the board of the Sam Francis Foundation and as the president of a local environmental organization called Greenspace.
I wrote a blog a week for the HuffingtonPost between May of 2010 and July of 2017 and have also blogged for the Brooklyn-based blogazine Hyperallergic. My writing has appeared in magazines including American Art Collector, Arts of Asia, Art Ltd., Catamaran, Harvard Magazine and International Artist. My most recent book is Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World which includes the work of 38 contemporary artists who are disrupting the traditions of Realism in art.
I offer services for artists including essay writing and virtual critiques.