"Keep the humorless guessing."
-- Peter Chase"
To be honest, there is not a lot of philosophical hokum behind these paintings. They all started out as drawings in the artist's sketchbooks, in which he has been drawing in earnest since 1973. At present he has completed enough of them to fill the trunk of a luxury automobile and is working on filling a small U-Haul. Mayforth makes a concerted effort to draw every day and never knows where it will take him.
His prints are from paintings that are acrylic on wood panel. Some of them are finished with a crackle varnish and some aren't.
Mayforth considers himself lucky to have graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in fine art because he was playing rock and roll in bars throughout his college career. After moving to Boston in 1975, he decided to pursue a career in illustration and has been working as a freelance humorous illustrator for the past thirty years. Throughout his career he has balanced commercial work with personal work.
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Illustrating Connecticut, Bridgeport, CT, The Housatonic Museum, 2008
Everything But the Kitschen Sync, Los Angeles CA, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 2009
Archetypical High Jinks, Burlington, VT, ArtPath Gallery, 2007
Finetoons-The Art of Vermont Cartoonists, Stowe, VT, Helen Day Art Center, 2006
Unencumbered by Critical Thought-The Works of Hal Mayforth, Montpelier, VT, The Lazy Pear Gallery, 2006
Illustrating the Sea , Mystic,CT, Mystic Seaport Museum, 2004
Silver Medal-50th Annual Exhibition, New York, NY, Society of Illustrators, 2009
Silver Medal-50th Annual Exhibition, New York, NY, Society of Illustrators, 2008