On behalf of Northern Soul and the Northern Soul Art Project’s curator Narciso Espiritu, Jr., I invite you to the opening reception for “Portraits Of Awesomeness: The Pop-Culture Art of Craig Mahoney” on Monday, October 20th at 7pm. Nearly two dozen new, original drawings and paintings celebrating my favorites from movies, music, TV, and comedy will be on display, with most being shown publicly for the first time.
All artwork will be available for purchase. In addition, there will be drink specials, free snacks, and some of the movies and music that inspired the artwork playing throughout the night. I’m also hearing a rumor that there will be cookies. No promises, though.
If you’re the type of person who enjoys promoting other people’s work (and if you are, THANKS!), here’s the link to the facebook event page and below are some promo pics for your Instagram, twitter, and facebook feeds. Feel free to tag me on instagram (@yerolepalCraiggers) or twitter (@CraigMahoney) and hashtag it #PortraitsOfAwesomeness (Is that a long hashtag? Yes. Do I have a better idea? No. We’ll just have to live with it.).
I’ve been derelict in keeping up this blog, but not in drawing and painting new pics. Here’s a bunch of recent ones. Most of them are available to purchase or available as prints. If interested, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my Society6 store.
“Audrey” – 9″ x 12″ pencil on paper
“The Bat, The Cat, The Clown, and The Car” triptych – Each painting 11″ x 14″ acrylic on bristol board
“Boba Close-Up” – 8″ x 10″ acrylic on canvas board
“Cash” – 9″ x 12″ charcoal and colored pencil drawing
“Captain’s Farewell” – 9″ x 12″ pencil drawing
“Frank” – 9″ x 12″ charcoal and colored pencil drawing
No, I’m not not working on a Step Brothers piece (although, maybe I should… Prestige Worldwide!). I am, however working on a number of different pieces for a show that will be opening on Halloween at Boca Grande in Jersey City. We’re having a big opening with a live comedy and music show as well. the whole night’s going to kick ass. So, do yourself a favor and find a way to get over there. In keeping with the Halloween theme, some of the pieces are a little darker than my normal fare, but as I am not a huge horror fan, some of the monsters I’m working on are more the psychological kind. And, some of the other pieces are just my usual “Hey! Isn’t this cool???” shit.
Below, in various stages of progress, are Breaking Bad’s Walter White, Heath Ledger’s Joker, a trio of Bill Murrays, Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, a bunch of 80’s cartoon heroes, the xenomorph from Alien, a layout for a Pan’s Labyrinth piece, and Anton Chigurh from No Country For Old Men. ENJOY!
Here’s a few works in progress I’m currently in the middle of, but first I’m posting my first two ever abstract pieces.
They’re visual representations of two of my favorite albums: John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” and Miles Davis’ “Kind Of Blue”. They were experiments for me. I’d never tried doing an abstract piece before, but I like them. You can currently see them on display at Steam Cafe at 276 Newark Ave in Jersey City.
After that are two pieces I’m currently working on for the “World’s Finest” Batman/Superman tribute show, opening this Friday, Aug 10th at Northern Soul on 1st St in Hoboken. The art reception starts at 6pm and wi be followed by a comedy show that I will also be performing on.
Finally, there are two portraits i’m working on of Arthur Guinness and John Jameson, founders of the libations that bear their names. These are both commission pieces and will be part of the permanent decor at 9th & Coles Tavern in Jersey City.
In honor of what would be the 97th birthday of, arguably, the twentieth century’s greatest entertainer today, I’m offering my most recent Sinatra painting for only $197. It’s an original acrylic painting on 16″x20″ canvas, and would make a great gift for the Frank-ophile on your holiday shopping list. E-mail cm @ craigmahoney.com to purchase.
Below is a look back at some of the other Sinatra art I’ve done over the years. I think I may need to make it an annual tradition.
I know I haven’t posted in awhile. Things have been a bit crazy as I’ve been in between apartments while also prepping for a few art shows and trying to get some new comedy shows off the ground. I spent half this week lying in bed cursing out my battered old legs and trying to jump start a coherent thought or two with several pots of coffee. Aaaaaaaaaanyway, here are a few things I’m currently working on or have recently finished up. I’ll also have news of a sale and upcoming exhibit soon. Enjoy!
Here’s my latest Frank Sinatra piece I finished up:
Last week’s painting of the week at Marty O’Brien’s, the Steelers’ Troy Polamalu. Below are pics of the work in progress:
My currently in progress painting of Heath Ledger’s Joker from The Dark Knight:
In part 1 of a beer-soaked 2 part podcast, Craig & co-host Bill Coyle report from the Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Oktoberfest at The Headliner in Neptune, NJ. In part 1 you’ll learn a little about the craft beer scene in NJ, hear from the founder of JSR Week, get the scoop on the Metromix battle of the bands, find out why October is Craig’s favorite month, and how some people may have taken their charitable intentions a little too far.