Mahaloness

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

obamafive (Picasso’s dove) from the series ‘Are you a believer?’

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One of the many things I do with paint is paint life.

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-life as we know it is a thing of uncertainty, and Obama as the 44th president of the United States is for all intensive purposes a universe that I will never truly know. Nearly 6 years ago on the cusp of his first presidency, I was in New York city. There the name ‘Obama’ was all the buzz. So I made a very simple decision, and that was to paint Obama. The first Obama painting is titled, ‘Are you a Believer?’ c. 2009 portrays a very optimistic, patriotic, hopeful and unanimously well liked president. He is seen in deep contemplation as he envisions his next 4 years in office, you can see his eye is closed and his head is tilted in thought. Everyone was Obama crazy, or so it seemed. For myself I am forever pessimistic about politicians, and have tried to steer clear of any subjective opinion. My idea with the series from the beginning was to portray Obama based on public opinion, including news and additional sources that were relevant to Obama’s years in office. As the years progressed I continued making paintings, each one slightly more complex as the last, as Obama faces the realities of modern life, and his hopeful introduction loses its lustre. I am now at five, which captures Obama in his 5th year as president and as you can see there is a lot going on in that face. There is a simple rendering of hurricane Sandy, which reeked havoc on the Eastern seaboard (including New York) and is symbolic of the climatic change that we are currently witnessing. In the background there is a play on the American flag stripes, using tile designs that are found in Damascus as the white stripes, which symbolize the situation in Syria. There is a soldier firing his gun behind the breath of Obama as Picasso’s dove flies ahead of his mouth. So what will the next one be like? I guess time will tell that story. For now I am asking that those who read this blog could cast a vote for my painting, Obamafive, which I decided to enter in a painting showdown. It is a painting I want to share with the world, I want to pose the question, ‘Are you a believer?’
vote for my Obamafive painting in the Painted Faces showdown on Saatchi, click here. Mahaloness ❤

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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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