gallery neptune & brown Presents Dennis Lee Mitchell Smoke Drawings and Chinese Art Deco Posters: 1914-1935

By Editorial Team on June 25, 2019

Wed, 26 June 2019 - Sat, 27 July 2019

Courtesy of gallery neptune & brown.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 26 from 5pm to 7pm
View the exhibition e-catalogue

Join gallery neptune & brown on Wednesday, June 26th for an opening reception with Dennis Lee Mitchell from 5pm to 7pm.

Dennis Lee Mitchell captures elusive and ephemeral smoke on paper in his unconventional drawings. He applies acetylene torches directly to the surface of archival paper, creating rich brown-blacks and faint gradations left by moving smoke.

The advertising poster became ubiquitous in China with the arrival of the West’s most famous corporate names, such as British-American Tobacco, Standard Oil of New York (Mobil), Colgate Palmolive, and Eveready Batteries. From the early 1900s until the mid-1930s, commercial artists in Shanghai were hired to create vibrant lithographic posters to advertise this wide variety of newly available products for daily use, including batteries, cloth, cigarettes and soaps.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday – Saturday: 12pm to 7pm
  • Sunday by appointment

gallery neptune & brown is located at 1530 14th Street NW. For more information, visit or call 202.986.1200.