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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. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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