Mahaloness

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


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Loving Kindness

Perhaps it can be said that there is not enough loving kindness in the world. This planet is filled with humans, there is hardly a place where you can go that isn’t occupied by other humans. What I find interesting is just how little we know about each other, and how this unknowing produces a lot of chaos. In my humble opinion we have been misguided by the powers that be, and this has gone on for a good long while. As advanced as technology may be, as sophisticated as humans might think themselves to be, the reality is that we are humans not much different from our early ancestors. We have created lots of things with our brains, some good, some not so good. We have technology that given the right application might be useful, whilst  we also have proven to have a knack for using the things in very destructive ways ; all in the name of FREEDOM, JUSTICE, DEMOCRACY, TRUTH, and LIBERTY. Consequently we are left with a lot of problems, which has created a need to find new solutions. Over the last decade I have listened to a many opinions about climate, about Earth, and about how things are. I feel that in a lot of cases the challenge of speaking about Earth and climate is that it is a complex system that has cycles and variations. The one constant perhaps is that is constantly revolving. I studied Earth and Climate at University, I was an average student as I didn’t agree with most of the information being spoon fed into my mouth. I realised that the real mandate for university is to capitalise on youth by promising them a bright future meanwhile forcing many into debt and destroying a lot of dreams. Now this might seem harsh, this was my experience and well nearly every person I know who went to school either made insane sacrifices or they borrowed money for a promise based on not much at all. Now I do not regret going to school, and made the most out of it. I made sure to learn things that I wanted to learn. I made sure to think critically and speak my mind, even when it was uncomfortable. It often was received with blank stares and on occasion threats of being kicked out of school. I took courses in areas of interest and that would be useful for cognition and building mindfulness. I think that we have a responsibility to ourselves to learn about each other, and all living things that call Earth home. In doing so we might begin to grasp just how interconnected we all our and even the tiniest of choices can make a tiny difference instead of doing nothing like a deer in the headlights. This life is a precious gift. It is not for the government to determine how we live or want to live, nor is it their responsibility to take care of us because if they did I would not be writing this blog. I am concerned for the welfare of humanity, I am concerned about the fact we are in a period of extinctions and our reaction has been a pretty good indication of just how little we stand by each other. This being said, there is a new wave of energy that is beginning to bring us a little closer together. By joining individual voices we learn form each other and what was once a tiny voice becomes a giant voice. The time for loving kindness is here, we can choose to keep destroying the precious gift or we can make real and simple changes that will give hope to the new generations, and all life on Earth.

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Precious Moments on Earth

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Life on the Prairie 

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That time I painted at a festival and I simply disappeared. 

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Recycled Art series, using materials over and over again. 

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Ready to be mounted 

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DaliBasquiat Recycled Series no. 123

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caught in the maze

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one step at a time 

‘Humans and Art are like bees to pollen’ ❤️ took place MAY 11 at the Junction YYC 628 8 Ave SW @junctionyyc 💚 which shed light on some very talented Calgary and Alberta folk including

Shanise Ford @humans_and_art
Suzanne Piechotta
Alexandra Jaco @musicization
Dean Miller (incredible painter artist human featured at the end of the minimo) @deanmillerart  @bluvelvetti  @colville_troy. @dawsonbrown.sickbassbro @gkpainting @mahalones @plasticheartsurgery@saga_of_the_frog

to name a few and representing a new wave of talented art folk from the underground and up.

The Junction YYC Humans and Art Lounge Space open for the next few months for viewing which I highly recommend to Calgarians and visitors alike. If you want to see true Canadian art and fresh perspectives on what it means to be human than do yourself a favour and get down and check out the art before this wave passes.

located 628  8 Ave. SW

The Junction YYC link

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the mind is similar to a crystal, it has many facets 

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The Blue Medicine Tara dedicated to @gretathunberg in her courageous and necessary stand for a better world and brighter future ❤️


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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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Indie murals

This is a collection of my independent projects completed with the last 3 years, from design to a finished mural.
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Art by : Shane Haltman aka halts aka Mahaloness

11:11 Boutique Calgary AB. This is street visible art.

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The Big Hau
Art by: Shane Haltman
A painted story that covers a bus, here you see the wolf’s howl produce the universe that covers the top of the bus

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Both sides of Big Hau

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Hillhurst Hardware mural

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Far away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on an island called Maui
Hookipa night mission, painted in pitch black, no lights, with the help of Jim

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The test runs on an ohana unit Jim built, located in Paia, Maui
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This first version of the mural, it is a hidden built into the wall protective deity, meaning it was subsequently painted over by white paint.

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And my latest project, a mural for a community association.
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All of these images are copyright Shane Haltman, hälts, Mahaloness

It’s mural time

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fotoMahaloness -today myself and Agent R set out to begin our first day of production on the latest mural assignment in my hometown Calgary following a 100 year flood, which on a side note gave me a great idea for what i hope to be my next mural assignment, more on later my friends, in the words my friend Ivy in New York, be well!

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I don’t know

I don’t know how to easily describe the last few days in words. So here is another wordless, well almost…
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Mahaloness to all those who have lived through a natural disaster, Mother Earth’s fury, or any kind of super storm weather related phenomena, humbled.


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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.