Mahaloness

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


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memory

I have been a little MIA lately, I suppose I have lots going on in my life. And really…..who doesn’t. So now that we’ve got that out of the way, lets get on with it. The last couple months have flown by. Ups, downs, sideways, upside down, around, twisted, sadness, happiness, and loneliness. Love came, love went, that empty feeling, don’t back down, ride the ebbs and flows that life brings. Those things that build character, and things that make me mad. A longing for something I have not found, I guess I’ll keep my nose the ground. The search continues, new dreams mapped out. Gone are some happy days that made sense at the time. Some came, some went, some never to be heard from again. Thoughts inwards, inner spirit, the quest for the truth. Moments of madness and chaos, and swarms of blue. Flowers so delicate and yet so distant as winter squeezes alllife from their memory. Wandering the city streets with no one in particular to meet. A fresh hot cup of coffee to warm the veins giving credence to the old adage,

Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all.

-David Lynch

 

And now some halts art history…

‘creator’ a community spirit mural produced by halts and painted in 2016.

 

In 2004, I made a small series of paintings. It is the point in my life I decided to paint, or perhaps you could day painting serendipitously came into my life. I remember the first moment I touched a brush, I knew this is what I wanted to do, and never I never looked back.

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in the flow, halts working on his 2016 creator mural (foto courtesy Walt Flemming)

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in them moment of truth (foto courtesy Walt Flemming)

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Creator mural at the halfway stage

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Creator mural 2016

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an early stage in my painting ‘Therianthropica’ circa 2016

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the Zicatela community spirit mural Puerto Escondido Oaxaca Mexico

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‘Are you a Believer?’ No. 1 a paintamentary following the Obama years, 5 paintings in this series circa 2009

2004 city man acrylic on canvas 20x24inches

‘city man’ made 15 years ago almost to the day, its hard to say who found who, painting or me….the one thing I do know is that painting saved my life, circa 2004

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‘woven’ my first foray into the abstract, this was part of series created in 2005

 

All images are the property and under the copyright of halts  c.2019


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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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Love and Mahaloness 2010-2012 revised (art that speaks)

This blog is dedicated to the last 2 years of my art explorations. 2010-2012

The following may seem to jump from one thing to the next, writing about my work is a challenge, I apologize for any confusion.

I refer to my work as a paintamentary, which is a record of life documented through the act of painting. My most recent forays in paint portray whimsical and fantastical imagery, accompanied by an imaginative narrative. I am a ritualistic painter and enjoy the the zen of being in sesshin. A sesshin consists of long periods of painting, breathing and meditation. This is how I like to paint. Quietly I build my layers, this is my process, keep building layers until the painting works on its own.

Note to the reader.
In a perfect world I would give all of my art away for free. Treating art as a commodity is difficult when it is your passion. I am currently working on ways to improve accessibility to my art, through channels like wordpress. My plans for 2013 is to sell my work online and make it accessible in a variety of new ways. I have written a lot of blogs here on Mahaloness, I am looking to set a new course, and focus on developing my art as a business, making it successful so that I can take it to the next level. For those who have been here for a while, thank you for following, for new arrivals welcome aboard. -Mahaloness

Deep questions…

Where does art and the verve for creativity come from?

What is the source of all creativity?

Just like a river has a glacier to feed it, the glacier must also be fed by the accumulation of precipitation, the cycle, so to does painting have a cycle, but what was it’s beginning? This is the mystery that I enjoy exploring, and when a discovery is made the energy that is is emitted is as powerful as any shock wave. The power of art is not quantifiable. This can make art under appreciated. If it is something you love to do, this does not mean that it is done for free. Creativity requires energy, work, time and discipline. It seems in the city where I live that art is considered a hobby, or an emotional outlet, all of which has some truth. However it is not as simple as that. The practice of making art, professionally, is elevated beyond just the emotions. It is a way of seeing the world and subsequently a way if interpreting it and than sharing that vision with the world. Remember that the process of making art is only one link in the chain of the experience and to complete the cycle one has to be willing to share, this is a true test of your artistic prowess.

Note: this is a pet peeve, this is open to interpretation.
A pet peeve of mine is when artists steal other artists ideas and/or intellectual property for their own purposes. Sometimes it is to climb the social ladder, or perhaps it is lack of motivation to do the work themselves, there are numerous possibilities. I really do not understand it. I am hoping that as we move into the next stretch of human evolution that we can learn to treat each other with respect and grow with each other, and not use each other as stepping stones for personal gain.

Note: I have come to realize is that In offering my gift selflessly, that that simple gesture has been at times taken for granted. In the process I have held in the anger because I didn’t know what else to do. This is entirely unhealthy. So make art, if art is what you want to do and be. Hold your ground, hold space, and work at maintaining practice, this is a lesson that you and I may learn many times before it sinks in.

Why lament?
There is plenty of reasons for artists to be a miserable lot. Even though there seems to be plenty to lament about, the one thing that keeps it alive for me is the magic. The magic of making art, being in tune with the environment and creating within the rhythm, there is no better feeling. The colours the techniques, the brushes, the strokes, all of it is amazing. How paint moves on a surface, the chemistry, the science, all fascinate me. It is through practice that I have developed my style and there is consistency in my work that is recognizably Mahaloness. My palette is bright, bold and full spectrum, and my medium is acrylic. This body of work, my ouevre, is modern day folklore, mixed in with science and philosophy, and some ancient newness. It is part truth, part fantasy, and visionary. The journey has seen me travel far and wide; in mind, body and spirit. Throughout my life I have experienced what I can only describe as magical events. Strange things happen to me, things that make me ask ‘is it real or mere fantasy?’ This is the impetus for my work, I am not simply mimicking life, I am pushing the comfort zones of my knowingness, and challenging my perceptions that have been shaped by my experience. I do research my subject matter, when necessary, literature and books have been a blessing in my painting experience, and even with respect to books, I have had good luck, book magic, and if you read books you know what I mean.* My work comes from a mysterious source. However you want to interpret that is up to you and your experience.

*Note: This is what I also consider being in flow. The magic is the unexpected, and by being in flow, the magic is abundant.

Geographically speaking, this body of work covers a lot of ground and ocean, from Western Canada to the Hawai’ian island of Maui. It is a record of life documented through the act of painting, though I also include digital in the definition here as I am sharing this in a digital manifestation. The body of work is a record, and to be perfectly clear, it is a record of the magic that I have encountered along the artists’s path. Along the way I have collected many stories, some through my own experience, while I have also met several amazing storytellers, and wisdom keepers, who have passed on their ideas, dreams and visions while also giving me there blessing to portray their stories visually. I like to use my gift this way.

Fotomahaloness All welcome, if you use it ask first please. Thank you very much.
What: a hälts production 2012: A Paintamentary; life documented through paint; due to the sheer quantity of images I will have to proceed in future blog space to share and perhaps write about some of the individual works and share ones yet unseen. The order seen here is not chronological.

Love and Mahaloness
Fotomahaloness – a taste of the paintamentary; what you will find on the walls…

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Paintamentary

My current show work is up at the Gorilla House. This is record of the last 2 years of a painting exploration/pilgrimage, that has seen me travel throughout western Canada and the Maui. The show is what I like to call a paintametary, documenting life through paint. The body of work is a record of the magic that is available to us all the time. Throughout my journey I encountered animal messengers, including a meeting with a Grizzly bear in the wilderness of British Columbia, under unusual circumstances called, Buddhabear. I will be at the gallery throughout the week, 2 til 6 pm, Mon. thru Friday, closing on the Dec. 14th. I will be in attendance, ready and willing to walk you through all of the work, and I will field any questions to the best of my abilities. All welcome. Thank you very much.
What: a hälts production 2012: A Paintamentary; life documented through paint
Where: Gorilla House Studios (1503 – 15 Avenue SW)
When: Dec. 10-14, 2012
Hours 2- 6 pm and a closing reception 3 pm til late on FRIDAY 14 th, Decembre

Fotomahaloness – a taste of the paintamentary; what you will find on the walls…

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