Photo album - Select bibliography
1912. Born 30th June in Wealdstone, Middlesex.
1913. Moved to Mumbles, near Swansea with mother and brother Endell.
1923. Attends Mumbles Grammar School.
1928. Joins the Little Theatre, Swansea. Met Dylan Thomas.
1930. Went to St Ives with Endell Mitchell to renovate aunt's
cottages and set up a market garden at Balnoon, Halsetown. Begins
to paint more seriously. Makes regular visits back to Wales.
1932. Continues with market garden with brother Endell. Met
St Ives artists.
1935. Summer job in St Ives. Met Jane Stevens. Travels to
Gibraltar and Tangier with Endell to paint.
1938. Endell marries and moves to Castle Inn, St Ives. Denis continues
gardening and begins painting landscapes.
1939. Denis and Jane Mitchell marry at Towednack Parish Church.
1940. Birth of daughter Jennifer
1942-45. War service in Geevor Tin Mine. Met Bernard Leach and
Adrian Stokes through the Home Guard.
1945. Birth of second daughter Denise.
1946-48. Market gardening, sea fishing and painting landscapes.
Member of St Ives Society of Artists.
1947. Exhibits work at Downings bookshop in Fore Street and the
1949-59. Principal assistant to Barbara Hepworth.
1949. Founder member Penwith Society of Arts in Cornwall. Began
to make own sculpture.
1953. Visited exhibition of pre-Columbian and Mexican art at
1955. Birth of third daughter Judith.
1955-57. Chairman Penwith Society of Arts.
1957-60. Porthia Prints.
1959. Left Barbara Hepworth. First sculptures in bronze.
1960-67. Part-time teaching Redruth School of Art and Penzance
1966. Arts Council award. Bronzes, woodcarvings, slate reliefs.
1967. Left teaching to sculpt full-time.
Moved studio to join
John Wells at the Trewarveneth Studio in Newlyn.
1968. Foreign Office commission Zelah I (bronze), for University
of the Andes, Colombia.
1968. Zelah 2 exhibit of the Month, National Art Gallery of New
1969. Moved to La Pietra in Newlyn.
1970. Lecture tour of Colombia including a month teaching at
the University of the Andes at Bogota.
1973. Governor Plymouth College of Art and Design.
1973-79. British Council tour of work.
1974. Council of Management, Newlyn Orion. New series of slate
1977. Governor Falmouth School of Art.
1980-92. Continues working at Trewarveneth Studios with Tommy
1993. Dies 23rd March