Before emigrating to England in 1961, Len was a major player in the New Zealand art scene of the 1950s. The following is a basic outline of his artistic career, including known exhibitions and major commissions.


Wellington Technical College School of Art, 1939-1943


Lower Hutt War Memorial Library Murals, 1955
ANZ Bank Mural, Manners Street, Wellington, 1958

Solo Exhibitions

Lambton Galleries, 1954 & 1955
New Lambton Gallery, 1956-1958
Farewell Exhibition of Paintings by Leonard Mitchell F.R.S.A., New Lambton Gallery, 1959
Koos Hoykaas Studio, Blaricum, Amsterdam, 1960
Fisher Gallery, Christchurch, 1962
James Smith's Gallery, Wellington, 1963

Art Society & Group Exhibitions

New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, exhibited between 1952 and1959, including the Wellington Annual Exhibition, October to November 1956
Paris Salon, Paris, known to have exhibited between 1961 and 1979 - records of works included in the Annual Exhibitions of 1963, 1968, 1970, 1974 and 1979
East Anglian Art Today, The Royal Institute Galleries, London, January to February 1969
Guildhall Art Gallery, London, exhibited from late 1960s to mid 1970s

Auckland Society of Arts
The Royal Academy, London
National Gallery of New South Wales
Royal Society of Painter Etchers and Engravers, London
New English Art Club, London, 1968
Lord Mayor’s Art Exhibition, London
East Anglian Art Society, London
Beaux Arts, Monte Carlo
Grand Salon International de Cherleroi, Belgium
Contemporary British Art, New York
Salon de la Marine, Musée de la Marine, Paris
British Artists, Town Hall, Place de Louvre, Paris

Posthumous Exhibitions

Christopher Moore Gallery, Wellington

Leonard Victor Mitchell (1925-1980), October 1989
Japanese Prisoners of War at Featherston, 1945 and Portraits of Artists: Drawings by Leonard Mitchell, 1990
Leonard V. Mitchell: Paintings from the 1950s and 1960s, November to December 1990
Leonard Mitchell and the Lambton Galleries, June to July 1991
Leonard Mitchell: Portraits of Women, October 1991
Journey into Immortality: Leonard Mitchell and the Lower Hutt War Memorial Library Murals, 1992
Leonard Mitchell and the Laura Knight Collection: Circus and Gypsy Themes, September 1993

A Land of Milk and Honey: The Hutt Valley Centennial Show, Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, 1991
Inheritance: Art Heritage and the Past, Wellington City Art Gallery, March to May 1991
The Visionary Landscape, National Art Gallery Wellington, 1991
Capital Characters: Wellington Portraits from Then to Now, New Zealand Portrait Gallery, 11 June to 23 August 2015, curated by David Colquhoun
Leonard Victor Mitchell: A Fine Art Exhibition, Khandallah Village, 16 March to 5 May 2018, curated by the Mitchell family.


New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
Royal Society of Arts, London
Société des Artistes Française, Paris


Netherlands Institute for International Cultural Relations