Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Mac: The Jimi Hendrix of Painters

Painters have long been inspired by composers and vice versa - Eric Satie is a perfect example. (In his case it also led to heartbreak: in 1893 his lover, the painter Suzanne Valadon left him with "nothing but an icy loneliness that fills the head with emptiness and the heart with sadness." Ouch.)

29-year old Phoenix based The Mac/El Mac may well be America's finest living painter, a cosmopolitan Leonardo da Vinci for the 21st century who is gaining rabid new fans by the minute.

The Nightfly first came across The Mac's art three years ago in Los Angeles when walking up La Brea Avenue towards 3rd Street where one of his best public pieces can still be viewed: a close-up of a dark haired woman, in blue tones. The painting's beauty and his dazzling spray paint technique will take your breath away - don't forget to close your mouth as you stare in awe at his modern Mona Lisa.

The Mac/El Mac is the Jimi Hendrix of painters: a from-another-planet virtuoso with an ancient soul, creating timeless work with crazy-beautiful colors.