MB Hanrahan

MB Hanrahan

Studio 76

I consider myself a pop artist. My paintings and sculptures usually contain popular cultural references, present and past. My ideas are the best Art I make- I work in whatever medium is best suited to realize an idea. My finest creations are the products of collaborations. I paint murals for my community or with my community. A significant portion of my mural work has involved youth, from elementary to college level, in both the design and painting of the mural. I often use collage in making art, creating visual “mash-ups”, pairing or combining an image from one source with an idea or text from another source. I live Art It is all about Seeing, Listening, Honesty, Serving, and having a good sense of humor. You have an Idea? Let’s talk about making it happen.

I have been making art professionally since 1984, when, as a graduate art student, having taken a single black and white photography class, I was given the amazing opportunity to produce the hand colored photographs for U-Haul Co.’s nationally distributed company calendar. As a student, then as a fine artist, I have constantly documented art work, installations, and performances- mine and other artists- initially with film and now digitally. In other words, though I have earned my living primarily by being a muralist and arts educator, I have consistently been practicing photography. 32 years of using a camera to capture a specific moment infiltrates my consciousness and vision the same way that figures, fonts and patterns eventually inform my mural projects-my imagination translates concepts into images. My murals are community oriented or theme driven, not personal. My paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs reflect pop culture, and my idiosyncratic feelings about being a person in this culture.