Alfred Mitchell (1888-1972)
Alfred Mitchell was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1888. At the age of 21 he moved to San Diego where he enjoyed his first art instruction under Maurice Braun, who held Mitchell in high esteem. Encouraged with his progress, Mitchell returned home to continue his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Mitchell returned to San Diego quite confident and was instrumental in establishing that city’s fine arts community. He served as President of the San Diego Art Guild, helped found the Laguna Beach Art Association, as well as the La Jolla Art Association, where he regularly displayed his works. Along with Maurice Braun, Mitchell also helped found the Associated Artists of San Diego in 1929, a group which later changed its name to the Contemporary Artists of San Diego. A post-impressionistic painter with a highly developed sense of color, Mitchell influenced a generation of artists through the classes he held, often on the rocks of the La Jolla coast. Alfred Mitchell died in San Diego in 1972.