Michael Mahoney is an artist based in Macomb, Illinois. Working out of a studio in a commercial building, Michael creates quiet, detailed artworks in oil paint and sometimes pastel. His subject matter is of a classical nature, usually still-life or model paintings.
Many of Michael’s more recent works are created using pastel on paper. I like the texture that the artist is able to achieve in this medium – the strokes of pastel seem even and uniform across the paper and different forms, creating a slightly sketchy look. Objects and figures have edges that seem to vibrate, blending just slightly into neutral backgrounds and negative space. The artist demonstrates remarkable skill with a medium that is often temperamental, rendering faces, fruit, household objects and fabrics in smooth, uniform detail.
Michael is equally adept with oil paints, creating a very smooth painted surface that seems, at times, to simplify its subject matter into planes of colour and shape. His series of nude model paintings have a well-refined subtlety and elegance to them, combining the figure with intriguing objects and settings.