The clever and slightly irreverent work of East Montpelier artist Hal Mayforth inhabits the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery through the cold and dark months of winter, helping ease a viewer’s case of seasonal affective disorder as well as any therapeutic light box. His show, Subversive in His Own Little Way, is on display through Saturday, May 11.
Humorous illustrator and painter Mayforth was born and raised in Vermont. He was lucky to graduate from Skidmore College with a degree in fine art, as he spent most of his four years playing rock and roll in bars. After starting his illustration career in Boston, he returned to Vermont where he lives with his wife and three sons. He has continued his love of music and is the lead guitar player in the blues band, The Heckhounds.
Mayforth’s paintings have been featured in exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States, including the Housatonic Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut; the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts; La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles; the Sylvia Schmidt Gallery in New Orleans; Montserrat College in Beverly, Massachusetts; the Wood Gallery of the Vermont College of Fine Art in Montpelier; the Virginia Lynch Gallery in Tiverton, Rhode Island; the Furchgott-Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne; Studio Place Arts in Barre; The Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, and The Quimby Gallery at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville.
As a nationally recognized humorous illustrator, Mayforth’s work is published in national magazines and newspapers, including TIME, Newsweek, US News, and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Coke, Pepsi, IBM, HBO, Chase, and Bell Atlantic.
Subversive in His Own Little Way includes a series of works that have all had genesis in Mayforth’s sketchbooks. They include watercolors, abstract acrylics, word paintings, grid paintings, as well as humorous paintings done as self-generated illustration assignments to be sold as prints. An entire wall of sketchbook reprints show how important his sketchbooks are to his creative process and how his daily drawing regimen informs his painting.
Subversive in His Own Little Way is on display in the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery through Saturday, May 11. The Amy E. Tarrant Gallery is open to the public Saturdays from 11 am to 4 pm, and during First Friday Art Walk. Performance attendees may also view exhibits prior to MainStage shows and during intermission. To receive information about upcoming gallery exhibits and artist receptions, update your “My Account” page at www.flynncenter.org.