Smoke & Mirrors, A Ransom & Mitchell Fine Art Photography Solo Show

Ransom & Mitchell's Solo Debut "Smoke & Mirrors" at Varnish Fine Art

Vanitas Photo Illustration by Ransom & Mitchell

Ransom and Mitchell director / photographer Jason Mitchell and set designer / photo illustrator Stacey Ransom, who together run Purebred Studio, have created a stunning series of fine art photographic portraits and scenarios for their debut Smoke & Mirrors solo show being presented at Varnish Fine Art in San Francisco. The show’s opening reception is on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 6-9PM and will run until Saturday, October 27, 2012. To get behind-the-scenes information about how the artistic duo created these beautiful photos, you can check out their Fake Believe website. There is also an interview with Stacey and Jason about their work for Smoke & Mirrors at the Varnish Fine Art blog.

As stated on the Varnish Fine Art blog:

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.

A statement from Stacey Ransom:

“At the end of the day, we strive to create portraits that are deeply heartfelt and meaningful. 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 storytelling.”

Portrait of artist Scott Musgrove, The Last Good Man by Ransom & Mitchell

Portrait of artist Scott Musgrove, The Last Good Man by Ransom & Mitchell

Portrait of artist Alex Pardee, “Monster Hunter” / 2011 by Ransom & Mitchell

Portrait of artist Alex Pardee, Monster Hunter by Ransom & Mitchell

Portrait of artist Greg “Craola” Simkins, “The Alchemist” by Ransom & Mitchell

Portrait of artist Greg “Craola” Simkins, The Alchemist by Ransom & Mitchell

Portrait of  artist Mike Davis, The Butcher by Ransom & Mitchell

Portrait of artist Mike Davis, The Butcher by Ransom & Mitchell

Ransom & Mitchell on to set of Mike Davis’ portrait shoot

Jason & I look on to set as Costume Designer, Margaret Hasley adjusts the model’s robe during artist Mike Davis’ portrait shoot.

Ransom & Mitchell's Solo Debut "Smoke & Mirrors" Exhibit at Varnish Fine Art

Ransom & Mitchell's Solo Debut "Smoke & Mirrors" Exhibit at Varnish Fine Art

We also wanted to create special one-of-a-kind frames for all of the work in the show. All the frames have been hand-painted and many (when appropriate) were stained with ‘blood’ to further their emotional narrative.

images via Ransom & Mitchell and Ransom Notes

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