Since 2008 I’ve been working on a series of paintings documenting the Obama years, which I coin as a ‘paintamentary’. The idea for the series titled, ‘are you a believer?’ was planted on a field trip to New York to visit an old friend, check out art, be a sponge, and let the city be the guide. The trip was overwhelming, being an open vessel every bit of free space was filled, including the Obama buzz, everyone was seemingly on board with this guy, young, old, black, white, and in between. Hope was the catch phrase of the day. Following the trip I was painting late at night listening the the radio, as I do, and all the buzz was Obama this, Obama that, it was everywhere, inescapable, yes even in Canada. So like any responsible artist I decided to document the buzz through my painting, and the paintamentary was born. As the years went by attitudes changed, like a baramoter of human consciousness, the series unfolded. Each painting tells a story of that spectrum of time. As I continued working I discovered I had developed a disdain for politicians, most likely due to a steady diet of reading the likes of Hunter S. Thompson and his coverage of the nasty underbelly of American politics. That said you don’t have to read HST to see that politics is steeped in corruption, and that big business runs the world, and their intentions is aimed at one thing, build the economy first, make themselves rich, and let us deal with environmental degradation later. No doubt we are an interesting species and thats what makes life interesting although complex, with so many nuances, opinions, and ideas floating around it can be hard to make any kind of coherent and well articulated approach to this quagmire. I do however intend to persevere, keep educating myself and make meaningful art and use my platforms well. I don’t see any Trump paintings in my future,however it does motivate me to make some positive art that channels source and furthers the work of my ancestors, art stewardship, that’s what’s up, persevere, make more art.
The journey continues with minimotions and pictures for point of reference, below you will see various stages of my paintamentary series and a brand new minimotion called ‘peace obama(s) featuring 8 years of ‘are you a believer?’ animated and accompanied to my newest soundscape ‘painter man’, enjoy! Any insights, questions, comments please send them my way would love to see them. Mahaloness over and out….oh wait! I will be opening a Mahaloness ETSY SHOP so exciting news there, I will be selling mostly prints, start off small, I will make an announcement when that’s good to go⚡️