poetry of place ~
His visions have a poignant and sometimes somber “poetry of place” that appeals to the tendency to associate the rhythms of the natural environment with the rhythms of human life.Joan Stack, Ph.D
Curator of Art Collections The State Historical Society of Missouri
Brian Mahieu is a plein air landscape painter who devoted the first thirty years of his artistic career to painting the Missouri River Valley, while dreaming of living in the Pacific Northwest. In 2016 he relocated to Whidbey Island. This thrilling new landscape provides views of ocean, forest and mountain enveloped in a pearly, atmospheric light—perfect motifs for his painterly aesthetic records.
He is a superb Tonalist who prefers to paint landscapes at dusk, sometimes into complete darkness. Few landscape painters have mastered the twilight the way Brian Mahieu has. His paintings are generally finished in one sitting, on-site, signed with the date and time of completion and never reworked in the studio. This 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, and the Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri.
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