Mahaloness

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


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peace obama(s)

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. 

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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⚡️ 



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make ART make more ART

It is nice to see paintings come to life, when this happens I know it’s nearly there.

'Are you a Beliver?' No.5 & 'Mana' Works in progress currently in studio Mahaloness

‘Are you a Beliver?’ No.5
&
‘Mana’
Currently in studio Mahaloness many painitngs begin to take on a life of their own, side by side, introspection, dreams and such things.

Obama 'Are you a Believer?' No.5 acrylic on wood panel c.2015 in progress...

Obama ‘Are you a Believer?’ No.5
acrylic on wood panel
c.2015
As my fifth installement of my paintamentary ‘Are you a Believer?’ comes into it’s own I wonder what is on the his mind, is it the same as you and I ?……one will truly never know…


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Are you still a Believer? 

I try to steer clear of politics with respect to my art. Back in 2009 when I created the ‘Are you a Believer?’ series, I was responding to a wave of hope that people projected just before Obama’s election. Once Obama was in office and the wave of hope had hit the shores and dissipated, the dialogue turned from hopeful to critical. Throughout his term I have been painting his portrait with a few simple rules such as using the same profile and size of canvas. Despite this it is intersting to see how his image has changed, in fact currently I am working on the fifth painting and I would say it has been the most difficult to to make yet. Interesting times are upon us, and as we progress I really do wonder how we will respond to the challenges in the coming years.  

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 ‘Are you a believer?’ No. 2 

c.2011  

‘Are you a beliver?’ 

Series 1 thru 4 

c.2009 to c.2013

 


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When life gets busy remember to…

…breathe.

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Obama 1 ‘Are you a Believer?’
30x40x2 in.
acrylic on canvas
c. 2009
The full story.

Due to an overload of life stuff Mahaloness will be taking a moment to breathe, I will back at it soon my friends with renewed vigor, thank you for your unwavering support, Mahaloness to each and every one of you.

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

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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fotoMahaloness -‘Are you a believer?’
This is the 5th Obama painting in a series of five covering Obama’s presidency and what I like to call a paintamentary. I also referenced Picasso here with the white Dove, even though behind the lips a soldier takes aim. Also the tiles on the lower right corner are from one of the temples located in Damascus, Syria. This painting was completed around February 2013.
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Here you see the first Obama I made just before his election juxtaposed with the fifth in this series. What a change!

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link to Obama five paintamentary.