Mahaloness

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


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live art soul sesh

For many years now I have been doing live art. It is a passion of mine and a unique aspect to my artistic practice. Recently I was asked to do some live art in the small BC town called, Invermere. This is near where my elders live and a place I have a deep and intimate connection with. I didn’t think it was going to be particularly busy as kids were back in school. This is kind of nice as it meant I could just enjoy painting outside and not feel any pressure to perform. This can be the case if it is a paid gig or a festival where there is lots of people watching your every move. This was a very chill live art session in the East Koots, a picture perfect evening, not too cold, not too hot.

That is until this lovely family showed up, from Italy, who had moved here because they fell in love with the place. Who could blame them really, it is magical, healing, breath taking, to name a few. I could just stare into the sky here for hours and be completely satisfied. As things progress I am introduced to Emma, who was a ball of energy, a mini sun. I quickly realised she had an eye for the painting and before I knew I was taking art direction form her. She pointed to above the bear and said rainbow here. How can I argue with that, bam, rainbow. Then it was a flower here, a butterfly there and before we knew it it was time to call it a day. I stepped back, a little high off paint fumes and just marinated in the is-ness. Moments like this are precious. As they left there was a sheer sense of creative bliss, and a painting that speaks volumes, completely unpretentious, and warm like the sun. The following day I participated in an art and farmers market and wouldn’t you know the family stopped by for a visit. Emma presented me with an illustration, seen below. My heart warmed 1.5 degrees. Life is a funny thing, when nothing seems to make sense, it says Aloha, remember me? In which I say, ” Indeed I do, it’s been some time, thank you for uplifting a wounded spirit.”

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live art picnic table styles

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a bear named Rose

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Emma B. illustration of the live art act

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hälts art at the Invermere BC artist and farmers market

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coffee dood

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Nature’s eye, always watching, always listening, a lesson through and through.

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watercolour WIP hybrid art

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mid stages of a new watercolour

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rainbow child

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parallel doorway(s)

Wearable art was my jam and where I first began.

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hand pirated wearable art

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hand painted wearable art

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hand painted wearable art

 

The duality of life…I try to find some middle ground, head full of phenomenon, a heart with broken strings, a spirit that never quits, albeit changes like the moon, waxes and wanes.

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two worlds


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Humans and Art

I recently took part in a group show in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The show was under the title ‘Humans and Art’. It featured around 180 artworks and really could easily be called a true Alberta biennale as it showcased some truly remarkable Alberta talent in visual art, performance art, sculpture and music. In Calgary it’s easy to become sceptical of the local art scene. For one it is run by some of the old guard and with all due respect, these people should of attended this show if they truly care about emerging artists in this city. Being a bit of an underground movement this will take a little time to catch on no doubt. In my humble opinion it’s better to meet a living artist and celebrate their work with the artist present, than it is to revere and celebrate dead artists. Don’t wait until we’re dead to support us, this stigma is so damn cliche and frustrating to the hard working artists who are trying to make a go of it and legitimize themselves as part of the arts and culture of Calgary. We deserve to be part of the dialogue, we have plenty to say and this wave is  growing, which most likely makes the old guard shake in their skin. For me it was a real honour to contribute to this show. It is a movement with a tonne of potential and if I were you I’d pay it some appreciation otherwise similar to movements before in this city, it will go where it is appreciated and we will lose yet another truly talented and awesome group of individuals who truly benefit the soul of the ‘small town’ that is the City of Calgary. These are just some of my thoughts, whether you agree or disagree it doesn’t matter, the point is you can’t put a price on an energy that is this positive, so make an effort to come enjoy and support the next shows, you will leave with a heart full of love and be so damn inspired, you will most likely pick up a paint brush yourself and ride the wave.

🌊 ‘Humans and Art’  a new hälts minimotion docu special with soundscape ‘SLO unravel’ featuring the @humans_and_art group show which took place May 12, 2019 and featured an incredible Alberta talent pool of artists in visual and sound, coming together in one room which reminds me of an early wave that came through Calgary many moons ago…it was a real honour to be in a room full of some truly passionate and hard working artists and also for all who came and supported, a beautiful night of celebration in the small town city of Calgary ❤️💛💚 

Shoutouts to 

@colville_troy , Shanise Ford, Suzanne Piechotta, Alexandra Jaco , Dean Miller (incredible painter artist human featured at the end of the minimo) @bluvelvetti @gbglassblowing @gkpainting @dawsonbrown.sickbassbro @saga_of_the_frog @plasticheartsurgery and all the artists and humans involved @junctionyyc 👌 please tag people I missed in the comments ❤️ my Mom and Dad and Nicole, to all my family and friends, couldn’t have done it without your help, you know who you be, you rock👌🌞👌

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Getting up at 4:30 am seems ridiculous, when it’s for art it’s alright with me. 


The setup is a lot of work, editing 180 art works is no easy task however with a bunch of hyper talented artists working in unity you get is me pretty sweet results. 
KillMidi from Lethbridge AB was one of many folk on the wheels of steel and made the room vibrate with some sweet sounds. 

Yes I put art up in the entrances of the washrooms, one of my first art shows I did was in a restroom hallway, turned out to be a great place to show work, who knew…

Art is a bridge and brings us together, end of story. 

‘The Symbols of Spring’ by Shanise Ford and Alexandra Jaco 

Hälts in nearly all white, pre show and ready for the night, a light in the night, fresh canvas, clean slate, reclaiming spirit, pure soul, authentic to the bone and so on.

The future looks bright. 


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some moments from hälts pop shop

It’s hard to be bold and put yourself out there into the unknowing, that’s why I appreciate the ones who unassumingly chip away at it and do something that most would pass up for a good time. 
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Behind the scenes moments in space time at the hälts pop shop: an art experiment featuring live art, art performance, art installation, day art, night art, art boutique, mini art gallery, sacred space, and life in a fishbowl. 

day art live painting performance prior to transforming space into mini art gallery and boutique.

where light meets shadow

hälts Pop Shop (mini art gallery/boutique)….which featured a new line of hälts art wearables, original art, prints and art novelties

made my own sign….

night art test prior to entering small space gallery 102 424 10 St NW a unique space in Kensington to do a pop up in.

hälts hybrid art ‘Tara azul’

prepping for the night art

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hälts taking in the night art and visualizing the next time.

For those interested I have opened up a online shop click here to visit hälts art online shop with some art wearables, prints and unique art items, some of which you have seen here on Mahaloness. ❤️


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My life lately in pictures, the hälts Pop Shop/Project Reclaim and a Bio

It has been a whirlwind of activity as of late at the hälts headquarters. As Spring nears so too does hälts begin to awake, coming out of rather long winter hibernation. I have lots in store for the month of April including my first hälts POP Shop and live art performance happening in the City of Calgary….and also worldwide as I will be doing periodic live broadcast throughout the event. I will keep this introduction short and sweet by getting right to the point of the matter. Below is information regarding an art event called hälts Pop Shop and Project Reclaim, it is a free event to the public, and runs the course of three weeks starting April 1 through to the 20th. The event kicks off with a live art performance and multimedia installation called Reclaim. This is an interactive live art experience facilitated by hälts with the intention to present an art experience that both introduces my art and process to the city of Calgary while also encouraging public interaction, and connection. In doing so I am creating a space to celebrate the human spirit.

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hälts Pop Shop April 8-21

Location: Small Space Gallery 102 424 10thSt NW Calgary, Alberta

Hälts will be introducing himself and his art to the community of Kensington at Small Space Gallery starting April 1 in a one-week performance multimedia installation. This will be followed by a 2 week hälts Pop Shop and mini art gallery April 8-21. Hälts will be in attendance for the duration of the event. Please refer to schedule on right hand side. Visitors are welcome throughout the event!

“Art is a meeting ground where we can stop and appreciate life and connect on a deeper level. This connection is very special to me and perhaps the key to my art. If I can make someone smile, or inspire and connect with the next generations through example, then that is indeed a good day.” ~hälts

Bio

Shane Haltman is a devout multi-spectrum contemporary artist. Haltman’s work deals with the human condition and represents a search for the meaning of life through art. Shane has been on a lifelong quest, exploring visual communication through an intuitive self-taught process. His work is vibrant and bright, reflecting an inner spirit that finds solace in a studio working. In his work, he offers a place for the viewer to wander freely, and explore the layers both of paint on canvas, as well as within themselves. Through his eyes the world is a vibrant dance of colours, shapes and things. By weaving several seemingly incompatible worlds into a new universe, Shane uses a visual vocabulary that addresses many different issues we face in the modern world. Preferring the title of experiential artist, he has traveled to magical and remote places leaving behind permanent mural installations. Shane received a BA in Geography from the University of Calgary and has spent his other time working as a film technician. Common themes in his work are ancient mythology, literature, dreams, Nature, city life, art history and film. Shane currently lives and works in Calgary.

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hälts Pop Shop opens April 1st with a week long Art performance and multi media installation followed by the hälts Pop Shop and mini gallery featuring originals, prints, art wearables, and rare art novelties. Qr code takes you to my FB event page. Mahalo ❤️

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‘I built this city from my imagination’ hälts drawing from the black lodge book. of drawings.

 

 

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small space gallery Instagram @smallspacegallery Facebook @smallspaceyyc

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Enter the Ninja, painting detail of a new piece entitled ‘Carpe Diem’

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painter socks and my WIP ‘Carpe Diem’

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observing life

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ready made art ‘the great void’ will be featured at hälts Pop Shop April 1-20 at Small space Gallery, Calgary

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‘the thinker’ hälts in his studio

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years of painting have made these eyes eyes

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crossing lines

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designer by night….new stuff coming for my website launch…coming this April!

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sneak peak at ‘monkey gun verde’ mens boxer briefs, part of the hälts art ‘good brief’ collection coming Spring 2019

and now and a hälts comedy special feature ‘between 2 dead plants: painters talk’ 👂 with a guest host ‘Francis Beacon’ and chatting today with hälts about painterliness….sponsored by hälts Pop Shop which runs April 1-20 at @smallspacegallery which opens April 1 with a week long full spectrum art installation and live art piece called ‘Reclaim’ and now back to the show…

 


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hälts went Raw  

    Wow!! That was a busy few weeks, a bee hive of activity and long nights of making marks and finishing work! All this in preparation for ENVISION, put on by Raw Artists, which was held last week in Calgary. It was a successful night of celebrating the arts with a wide array of disciplines showcasing their stuff. There was so much energy in the room! I got right into it with some live painting and brought a nice selection of my art including my cherished painting ‘the Healer’, which did garner a lot of attention. There is no better feeling than to see people connect with my art. It makes all the hard work worth it, and trust me there is a lot of details in my art and it is best to see in person, in order to get the full experience. I think it’s important to point out that my intention is to make art that continually surprises you, and the details are meant to be revealed to the viewer over time. You will not get the same effect viewing my art on a computer screen. 

    At ENVISION, I also displayed a series of paintings on recycled cardboard, which were fun pieces for me to make, they are more in my street style, using techniques I would typically use for my murals. The cardboard series features artists who inspired me early on in my career such as Jackson Pollock and Frida Kahlo. I do have plans to continue the series and will branch out to writers, thinkers, and so on, all in due time. I also brought an assortment of  Ltd. Ed. wood prints, Fine Art Prints, and art cards, which feature a range of my paintings and hybrid art. Over the next month I will be sharing some of those with you and fill you in on how to get your hands on these rare treasures. I do very small batches and this keeps them extra special. I will be releasing a series of Ltd Ed. Prints of some of my newer work and will announce that in upcoming posts as well. 

Preview of my art cards perfect for sending a letter to the beloveds


Finally, my art brings vitality and spirit into any room. My paintings and prints alike are enjoyed and appreciated by many folks out there, which is why I put so much love and attention into each one. For now enjoy some images of work, some shots from ENVISION and beginning with a recent minimotion. 
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‘This video encapsulates everything right about now (made to bring cheer back into the dialogue) ‘ 🎩 new minimotion I pulled out of my hat with soundscape ‘said’ featuring my airbrush skeleton sport helmet made for Canadian winter Olympic athlete Mirela Rahneva, which I was recently interviewed by the Canada Press for, also…driving down a road near my other home in BC, east koots brah, and a couple paint sesshins working on my ‘Keith’ recycled cardboard WIP, and a skate animation I made of the dude, and lastly my cards, mini trading cards and cards for writing letters to the beloveds, I will share in future posts how you can get your very own set of Ltd. Ed. cards 💛❤️💚

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My studio was a bit of a chaotic scene prior to the showcase as I prepared my recycled cadboard painting series, goodtimes! 

‘Atomic Unicorn’ acrylic and clear gesso on recycled cardboard c.2018 (The original and prints are available for sale, please contact me via email for any art inquiries)

‘the Healer’ this is an original hälts painting, acrylic on wood, it expression of spirit and my love for both painting and the natural world.

‘Pollocked’ acrylic on recycled cardboard c.2018 (prints are available please see my homepage for contact information and I am happy to facilitate any order inquiries)


 🖌     I have come a long way since the day I decided to make art my life. I have gone about it in my own way and have been able to develop my own voice amongst a world of influence, pressure, conditioning, a rather difficult and unregulated art market, the low probability of making it as a career, the outside influences and factors that an artist has little to no control of, and so on…. all these things have to be put to the back of the mind if one wants to make art that is meaningful and enduring, so to this I say, stand up tall!’ and the good news is, I am here to stay and make art until I am unable, hopefully that never happens. (foto by Agent R, and illustrated by hälts, taken while live a painting at ENVISION, which was a great celebration of the Canadian art held in Calgary a couple days ago) 

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live art sesshin on recycled cardboard, doing what I can to use less new materials and add new life to something otherwise treated like a throw away item, my sister jumped in at the opportunity and made some marks of her own, I have made it a practice to pass my paint brush to people and let them go to town.

‘expressing spirit’ 🖌 I think my art is my spirit, the expression of spirit, and those who I connect with through my art are kindred spirit, and this is a really cool thing about art. (foto: by Agent R of the Mahaloness setup for Raw Artists ENVISION in Calgary last week, hälts drawing superimposed in the background from my Maui mana drawing book) 

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SLO skull 

Let’s talk about peace. Well it seems there can be no peace without there also being noise, navigating through this conundrum with paint brush on hand has done wonders for my soul. I am by no means a conventional artist, and money and fame has never been the driving force, it’s nice when it comes but it is not reliable and certainly does not create the work. I go to a special place when I paint, there is layers of life to get through before I can find that flow and rhythm, once there it is a dream, smooth, calm, quiet, silence yet loud as spirit roars.  

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‘SLO skull’ 🎥 new minimotion with soundscape, ‘mind’s wasteland’ featuring a studio sesshin today on my skull painting WIP along with some intermittent cuts to timelapse of an incredible cloud formation and colour show late one afternoon courtesy mother earth

drawing has always been a passion of mine, especially in coffee shops amidst a fresh tasty hot cup of coffee

‘dalibasquiat’ a stencil piece I put on my shed in my backyard, he keeps an eye on things

my ‘SLO skull’ WIP in the studio with a background image of a still frame from my minimotion

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reef and friends 

Wow, it was a busy summer! This post is a bit of a recap and sharing some fun projects I have been working on. It is has been so busy in fact that I have had barely anytime to sit down, let alone write and post here on Mahaloness. With this in mind I am amped to get back to some writing, sharing stories and keep you up to speed on my latest art explorations and life experience. The set of images and minimotion I have chosen reflect a summer of liver art, camping and watercolour, flying on water (windsurfing), and a commission I have been working diligently on and am very stoked to share that with you in coming posts. There has been a lot going on in my life, and this seems to be the case with a lot of people I talk to. It is an important time for humanity to step up and start to work together and help each other out. It is a time to prepare for winter and plan some new projects and finish a bunch of paintings I’ve been working away at, and who knows maybe even plan a show sometime soon, be used art is best shared. So for now enjoy and I look forward to catching up and with a bit of luck a moment of peace. 

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Relatively new minimotion called ‘reef’ with soundscape ‘flying high’ featuring a windsurf sesh I had in late summer, shot by Gord and celebrating the van life, vw bus, toaster, and the wind! 

There is a word in Sanskrit ‘srishtih’ which is a concept of creation and translates as “what is poured forth” and according to Joseph Campbell, ” anyone understanding this becomes, truly, himself a creator in this creation.” (Joseph Campbell. Myths To Live By. 1972)

My studio and humble abode featuring my painting WIP ‘SLO’

My good friend Gords VW bus which has carried us to some pretty amazing places, here we set up and camp fro the night in Yahk, BC, and I had chance to bust out some watercolor and get a nice little sesh in, road trip art.

pop up studio at my parents place in Windermere, when I travel I always bring my work, in one form or another, here is a live art painting WIP called ‘forest wolf’ which I have been working on at multiple public settings including Black Star studio in Invermere BC, wonderful people, artists, and my work is available at their studio, so if your in that neck of the woods go check that out💚

Here I am having a moment to enjoy the painting with this little buddhy at the Marda gras street festival doing my thing, live art is rewarding and fun, if your an artist and wanting get ‘out there’ with your work I highly recommend you do this once and while, it gives people a lot of joy and opens a window for complete strangers to have a conversation thus connecting people, and seems to be one way to restore humanity.

This is a skeleton helmet, the sport that is, the one where athletes slide face first down bobsled tracks, it is quite something to behold, here is a helmet I have been working on, giving it some spirit for a Olympic hopeful, it has been a super challenging project, pushing my limits and skills to the max, this was the early stages of sanding and idea generation, I am pretty amped to share the stages with you in future posts👊

Lastly it was a very fiery smokey summer for most of BC, it is amazing how fast things can change, and the implications will revel themselves for decades to come, the ever changing landscape of our planet, something that continues to light up my curiosity and is something I will share my thoughts on in future posts.

Thank you, Mahalo and Aloha