interviewed the prolific artist and designer William Mitchell (then aged 86) a couple of years ago, he concluded our discussion with a tantalising reference to a book he was in the process of writing about his life and work, which he told me would be “part instruction book” and “part adventure book”. Two and a half years later, Self Portrait: The Eyes Within is the result of his mining of eight decades' worth of memories and recording a wealth of anecdotes, experiences and observations for posterity. Brought to life by charming new, cartoon-like illustrations that perfectly fit the personal tone of the book, Mitchell reveals himself not just to be an accomplished innovator, experimenter and sculptor, but a lively and entertaining storyteller with plenty to say about art, life, education and society. I thought that we had covered good ground during our interview, but the book, a weighty, glossy, hardback tome, made me realise that Mitchell had barely even got started – and that his chosen genre of “adventure book” couldn't be more accurate.
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