Mahaloness

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


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barra (a Southern journey cont.)

a poem titled ‘nobody speaks for the self’ (language warning for those sensitive spirits)

I am not the art on a magic bus
I am not the son who under performed
I am not the anger that past enraptures me with
I am not the suffering of a penance I’ve been carrying for years
I am not the human who rapes and pillages this Earth
I am not the asshole who you think I am
I am human
born to make mistakes
and to create
I am the black sheep fleeing the herd
here to be present in this mystical land
to surf the waves the ocean presents
to find my spirit
and to liberate the lies
I am here to experience a simple life
the one I have dreamed of
for most of my life

I am
nobody
in particular
in this place.

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-magic bus art c.2011

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-from jungle to ocean, the layers peel away the closer I get to her.
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Super gracias


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useful uselessness (foto heavy issue)

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a work of heart

‘Bassbus’ also known as Big Hau, Big Ha and Furtherer
c.2011
3-D (with Crayola Kids 3-D glasses) airbrush mural art on 1994 School bus
Dimensions: huge

-the building in Linden where I spent three months more or less working on a dream project, and experiment, make something out of nothing, or so I thought, who knew it would turn into the beast it did, that demanded so much for so long, working long hard periods of time in solitary work flow, experiencing monumental breakthroughs in painting, in process and self, often my only the witness the mice or shop cat, moments that were everything, the stories endless.

IMG_6248.PNG-the cold winds of old man winter regularly screamed outside and no real heat source inside was a bit of trip so a friend offered his van to stay warm, cook food and sleep, a little camp set up inside a buidling, perhaps the farthest thing from nature, it did make working conditions better.

IMG_6247.PNG-another time I will share events that occurred on this project, these were not the run of the mill experiences, this project changed me, it has taken a few years to see it and accept it, which may sound strange and hopefully I can better explain myself when the time is right, for now I wish to share with you these images, some new ones I found buried in the arhives, sorry no time-lapse of this one, the size of the painting bay where I worked in (behind the van in the fotos above) was too small to step back and see the whole bus, one of many challenges I experienced working on this project.

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dedicated tot Julian and Scotty, up in the sky.

hälts online art gallery link, please click here

Super Gracias for this life


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Big Ha

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This is an image of my mural art on a magic bus, it represents Big Ha, fashioned after a Chief in the Siksika Nation (near Cluny Alberta) who knew my grandfather. They shared a mutual respect for one another and enjoyed hunting and trading goods with each other. I never had the chance to meet my grandfather, yet somehow I ended up with his paintbrushes and a palette knife, which I use to this day.

IMG_3176.JPGa painting called ‘the Shaman’, it was painted partially with my Grandfathers palette knife and is a good example of my abstract painting.

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thank you


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Mother Earth

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I do not claim that Mother Earth is human but if she was she would most likely would look like this. (detail of my 3-D bus art, when I painted this section I wanted to convey Mother Earth in a human form, she came out looking pretty intense, which with recent weather activity on Earth seems pretty accurate in my humble opinion.)

Materials: aribrush using Golden fluids and an airbrush medium on schoolbus. c.2011

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Up next.

Up next, following a floody mess, I have begun prepping for a community mural, a 40 ft sea container is about to get the Mahaloness treatment. There has been a growing number of communities being hit hard by tags, which is perhaps the results of a lot of frustration and not enough creative outlets in place. I do happen to like most graffiti, however I do not really appreciate tags, and certainly I have my own theory why this happens (and yes even my murals have been tagged). However I am under the opinion that this kind of anti-establishment behaviour deserves to be treated serious, the current modus operandi is not really that effective. In Canada if you get caught it will cost you $5000 and is considered a federal offense which actually entices some to go out and tag it up possibly due to the rush of the high stakes involved (not to mention the fact this is a form of communication that is as old as man itself). What is interesting is that both, businesses and residential, affected will also get fined if they do not remove the vandals work. And to add to the mess the city I live in employs these ‘graffiti removal’ people which quite often fix the ‘problem’ by simply painting over the tags (and even wheat pastes) which are than tagged again and again, and thus goes the vicious circle of wasted money, upset citizens and angry business owners, wasted energy and an eye soar (sorry for all the commas). Now there are some who think this is the answer. What I have found in my relatively short existence, is that if you put up a quality mural the likelihood of it being tagged or vandalized diminishes drastically. That said it is not perfect and things happen, so I choose to use a protective coverage that if tagged is easily cleaned with a light duty cleaner like goop off. Why take any chances. The result is a brilliant mural that will last as long as the wall, it keeps its resiliency and brings joy to the community and general public, that is the true power of art. In my world I see instead of fining these offenders and clogging up an already clogged justice system, perhaps some kind of reform is in order, that would allow certain walls around the city to be designated as mural walls, and yes we currently do give artists a chance to paint electrical boxes, which are quite small and really do not suffice. We need to seriously recognize that the current process is not working, we need someone in our government who has the vision to push for something along the lines of what I have shared here. Certainly there is more work to be done, this is a good start.
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Time to put the next foot forward and carry on.
-the air gun taken apart ready to be put back together again, the next surface including a computer rendered concept design, I use all the latest technology in my process, that way I can see what the mural will look like, what colours I want to use and helps both, myself and the client, to visualize before production begins.
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These are images featuring some of my most recent large scale work, including a storefront mural and a 72 seater school bus, completely covered with my art, and yes it works in 3-D. 20130623-201327.jpg

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If you’re interested in a Mahaloness mural or you have a tour bus, food truck, private jet, helicopter….please by all means contact me via the Mahaloness blog, leave a message and we can go from there.


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Transformational Mahaloness

Received a dandy email from WordPress today, they will feature my blog on their homepage, this is very exciting for me and means I have lots of work to do yet, the good work. Thank Worpdress for being what you be. Also today, turns out the magic bus I painted last year has made it into a powerful documentary being assembled called Transformational Festivals, here’s the link to their kick starter page transformational festivals. Thank you Akira Chan for capturing my work in such an amazing way. Mahaloness
Link to Akira’s website
www.akirachan.com
Mahalonessfoto -a few fotos collected while painting the bus<3 first image Amira's wonderful eye.

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