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

chimp with a handgun

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In 1861 during the time of Charles Darwin’s publication of his book ‘The Origin of the Species: By Means of Natural Selection, or, The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.’ c.1859 a man by the name of Benjamin Disraeli ‘coined’ this enduring phrase* in Oxford, England.

The question is this- Is man an ape or an angel? His response to his own question turned out to be memorable: ‘My Lord, I am on the side of the angels.’

*from the Thames & Hudson c.2002 ‘The Mind in the Cave’ pg. 23 (for more info click here)

An observation: The famous explorer and naturalist Charles Darwin, along with the likes of Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913), challenged the popular beliefs of the Church with regard to human evolution and origin of species. Despite the evidence provided by Darwin’s observations there remains an innate human curiosity of the spiritual version of the great story.

I have no drawing or paintings of an ape per se, I do however have a chimp painting titled:
‘chimp with a handgun’
12×12 in.
acrylic on canvas


angel worker since inception

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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