Contemporary artist specializing in full spectrum painting, mural, animation and digital hybrid art.


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This particular painting began as an idea for a series of portraits of famous people, under the show title ‘painter paparazzi’. It is a commentary on celebrity worship, idolization, pride, vanity, and time, amongst other things. The main character resembles a famous actress which is playing on schemata and facial recognition,or in other words, providing a familiar face so that there is some common ground between myself and the viewer. Once established the viewer is guided though the painting via visual devices that are designed in such a way as to guide the viewer through the painting. It is also important to me to involve the viewer in my work, so that they also build the story based on what they know of the subject. I consider my work an ongoing social experiment, which is designed to observe the idea of ‘subjectivity’ and ‘objectivity’ in art. The painting is available for sale or as a print through Saatchi. link here

Title: Pride
Size: 30x30x2 in.
Medium: Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas

Author: hälts

Mahaloness is an art blog documenting the inner spirit and artist journey of Shane Haltman, also referred to as 'hälts'. He lives, breathes and makes art in Canada. Hälts often travels to remote and exotic locations to produce community spirit murals and paintings using available materials. He is unconventional in his approach to art and chooses unique projects and sometimes they choose him. He is known for guerrilla lawn art shows, painting helmet art for a Canadian Olympic Athlete, and once painted a magic bus out of this world. Mostly he is human as anyone else, however very driven and disciplined with respect to his artistic practice. He has experience working with the bereaved and helping people who are experiencing, or who have experienced trauma in their lives. He also enjoys working with the youth and passing on his wisdom, usually in the form of art jams. Hälts is a full spectrum artist, living and breathing art, as a daily practice, in this mixed up beautiful world.

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