poetry in paint ~
I believe Brian Mahieu is now the finest landscape painter in Missouri, sensitive, energetic and prolific. One of the best painters working in the country at the present time.Frank Stack
Professor Emeritus of Painting at the University of Missouri
Brian Mahieu is a plein air landscape painter who has devoted most of his artistic career to painting the Missouri River Valley focusing on the ever-changing light and atmospheric conditions the four seasons provide.
He is a superb tonalist who prefers to paint landscapes, at or just before dusk. Sometimes into complete darkness. Few landscape painters have mastered the twilight the way Brian Mahieu has. It sets him apart as an artist and it makes his work unique. When viewing his paintings you notice how light-changes, however subtle, make his landscapes come alive and reveal its beauty as it settles in for the night.
Brian Mahieu has exhibited nationally including the cities of New York, Carmel and Santa Cruz. Brian's paintings are in public and private collections throughout the United States, Europe the United Kingdom and Australia, including the contemporary artist collection of the State Historical Society of Missouri. The largest public collection of Mahieu's work is at the World Aquarium in St Louis.
I want my art to be transparent, primal, and tactile, and above all honest to my experiences. I want it to reach out and elicit a visceral experience in the viewer. To do that it needs to be created in nature, not in a studio.Brian Mahieu