I've mentioned my appreciation of chopping something up to make something new before, plus, I had a recent flirtation with collage so I was excited when I came across Martin Maloney's work.
Boy with Pink Hair (Hackett), 2007
His work reminds me partly of the children's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar...
...and also of Matisse's Portrait of Madame Matisse (The green line), 1905.
Having never heard of him before I was surprised to found out that Maloney has quite a profile in the UK and, according to eyestorm.com "has been crucial to the rise over the past few years of a new generation in British art. His highly-colored, expressive paintings have reintroduced a sense of the romantic into contemporary art." His talent for self-promotions also rubbed a few people in the British art world up the wrong way.
Anyway, I'm not that interested in flapping and press beat ups, I love the colour, vitality and naivety in his work... see below
Tabby in Paul Smith, 2007
Beret (DKNY), 2007
Cat Painting, 1999
Cul de Sac, 2004
Public Sculpture, 2004
Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
Martin Maloney on the Saatchi Gallery website. Recommend this reference for easy-to-digest info about Maloney.
Anthony D'Offay Gallery, London
Don't talk Maloney article in the Guardian, February 1 2000