“I create art that is immediate and carefully planned, channeled and contrived, aspirational and satirical. I examine and react to life through my art.”
Barry McMahon of South Minneapolis, MN, is a multidisciplinary artist working in mixed media assemblage, sculpture, and acrylic painting. He received his BFA from Bowling Green (OH) State University, in 1983. McMahon is Vice President of Creative at SolTec Health. He has designed guitars and stage sets for Prince, painted murals and developed brands for Famous Dave Anderson and developed several apps and games for the Apple App Store. His scenic experience on movies includes Grumpy Old Men, Little Big League and A Simple Plan, as well as years working as lead scenic for Apropos Studio of Minneapolis. Inspired by the concept of the Renaissance Artist, he believes a true artist can do anything well, from drawing to painting to sculpture, should have a grasp on science and technology, write music, poetry and novels, and never be satisfied with a single creative avenue.
“I create art that is immediate and carefully planned, channeled and contrived, aspirational and satirical. I examine and react to life through my art. Art is essential to life. Art is therapeutic. Art is a vehicle for gaining insight into the human condition. Imagine a time when two very strong forces, people of importance or position, are clearly at odds over a topic or course of action. One will always push against the other, gaining an edge or advancing when the other loses footing, literally or figuratively. It is the same with paint. But just as disagreements vary by degree, so do painting conditions. When painting with acrylics, a range of approaches is available. A thicker paint will drag on the canvas more than paint that is thinned down. This simplified view exposes the importance of each element, not only within art, but in life itself.”
McMahon’s work has been shown at Q-1 Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2017, 2-person) and Vine Arts Center, Minneapolis (2016 and 2015 solo; 2015, 2014, and 2013, group).