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Quiet, Detailed Artworks by Michael Mahoney

A still life drawing of several objects in pastelStill Life with a Tipped Metronome, pastel on paper

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.


A still life painting of a hat and a ceramic hand on a tableStill Life With Hat and Hand, oil on canvas

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.


A screen capture of a gallery on Michael Mahoney's websiteMichael's gallery of Later Work

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. 


A self-portrait drawing by Michael MahoneySelf Portrait with a Hooded Jacket, pastel on paper

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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