The clever and slightly irreverent work of local artist Hal Mayforth will inhabit the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery—an extension of the Flynn Lobby—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. The gallery will be open to the public Saturdays from 11 am to 4 pm and during First Friday Art Walk from now through May 11. In a special First Friday event, Mayforth will tell about his daily sketchbooks, beginning at 6:30 pm on April 5.
The exhibit, “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, and grid paintings. An entire wall of sketchbook reprints gives the viewer an idea about how important his sketchbooks are to his creative process and how his daily drawing regimen informs what he paints.
Mayforth was born and raised in Vermont. After graduating from Skidmore College with a degree in fine art, he started his illustration career in Boston, but returned to Vermont where he lives with his wife and three sons.
Mayforth’s paintings have been featured in exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States and, closest to home, at the Furchgott-Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. As a nationally recognized humorous illustrator, Mayforth’s work is published in national magazines and newspapers, including “Time,” “Newsweek,” “Sports Illustrated,” and elsewhere.