"Return To Södermalm"
June 1st to August 31st, 2016
The Next 3 Month Commissioned Paint
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LATEST NEWS & EXHIBITS
|IN SöDERMALM, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN 2016:|
A Room With A View
Bret continues to spend his time painting between Palm Springs, California and Stockholm, Sweden.
Please feel free to message him from this site to reach the artist.
For a third consecutive year, Bret will be living and painting commissions in Stockholm, Sweden June - September, 2016
For three months, the artist will be channeling the Summer Light's of Northern Europe using the inspiration of MidSummer's Eve as a guide for his pallette. 2015's trip was such a success, Mr. Maling had to return once more. Commissions are already on the books. For 2015's resultant art works, please scroll down.
IN STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - SUMMER 2015:
Passions times Two
Dance With Me
Black is the new Orange
Puesta de sol en el Verano
Dancing With Fire
Arvefalk, Oslo Brown
Cosmic Solar Burst
IN STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN SUMMER 2014:
Bret resided in Stockholm for the summer of 2014, where he was commissioned to paint 10 paintings for various collectors and families. Bret painted in Södermalm - Stockholm's Bohemian neighborhood. All paintings are now in Private Collections
18 Shades of Red
THE PAINTING PROCESS: ANATOMY OF A PAINTING:
Bret Maling offers a look at one of his Swedish Commissions from the summer of 2014.
IN COSTA RICA:
Bret traveled to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, March of 2014, and left behind five paintings for private collections. Bret painted at Casa Kenya amidst the sounds and inspirations of pouring rain, howling monkeys and ocean waves crashing in the distance.
The Artist's Lair
IN PALM DESERT:
GIANCARLO SALON ON EL PASEO SELECTS "SALON ONE" PAINTING FOR STUDIO
LATEST NEWS: A COMMISSION IN SWEDEN
The Making of Luminous Coronas - Stockholm Sweden May, 2013
Bret Maling on his process:
As an artist, I have been influenced by nature’s gentle seduction, with its many colors and forms.
Through my art I am compelled to create new ways of fusing these three elements together...
My medium of choice is oil. Its warmth and richness adds elements of depth, strength and beauty.
Working with oil, one must have patience and this adds to the mood and sense of anticipation.
Immediacy is one thing that oil generally does not allow, so drying time is just another virtue moment.
My artistic journey began on the Impressionist’s path, but recently crossed over into a new and vibrant style,
which translates to me as Organic Abstraction. This has allowed me to dig deep and meld together all that I
have learned over the years. I am now creating some of my most personal and dynamic work to date.
I was told long ago while painting a garden scene, 'Purple dirt, no one will buy a painting with purple dirt!'
That person obviously was not familiar with art expression or the Impressionist Masters for that matter.
That was the first painting that I ever sold. I continue to push the color spectrum, as wide open as I possibly can.
An artist's musings, an offering: I look to appeal to a sense of beauty, mystery and wonder from the viewer, an intimate solace
A SHORT BIOGRAPHY
I was born in Prosser, Washington and graduated from Pasco Senior High School. I went on to Western Washington University in Bellingham and studied music and business. In 1986 I moved...
to San Francisco, California and found a state that I now call home. When I moved here my world opened up and I felt the freedom to
pursue my dreams and live openly as my true self.
In 1989 I began painting with oil and was instructed and mentored by Jean Henry an Impressionist artist. She inspired and encouraged me to
paint from the gut and let the color flow. She told me that I was a true colorist and had a talent for creating vibrant works. I created
a piece that I titled 'Natures Path', and I told my mother that this piece gave me the conviction and confidence to call myself an artist.
She told me that I always was, but had to find it out for myself. She kept an acrylic painting that I painted when I was 8 or 9 framed and
hanging in her vanity wherever she lived. When she passed away, I took that painting as my one true treasure and a memory that she always
believed in my creative talents.
I met Arthur Evans a professional fine artist while studying with Jean Henry. I quickly became friends with him and began taking private
instruction from him in his San Francisco Studio. He continued with me on my Impressionist path, but added figure and portraiture to the mix.
He was and still is a great form of inspiration for me as an artist. When we get together to this very day, we still find time to paint together
and encourage one another, just as we have over years past.
In 2012 after returning from a two and a half month stay in Europe, Greece, and various other art filled destinations, I took a Workshop at
the Palm Springs Art Museum. The workshop was called 'Creative Painting', with Kwok Wai Lau. So, in February 2012, I truly began to throw myself
into abstract art, rather then dabble in it. Lau has been my mentor for the past 6 months, here it is February 2013 already, another year has past.
He comes to my studio to view my most current work and discuss my direction and process. We have very open, honest and frank dialog about what he
sees within my paintings. He has gone so far as to tell me to gesso over a piece that he felt was decoration and not art.
He pushes me to new depths and causes me to challenge what I think I know, delving further into the profoundness of my medium.
I currently live full-time in Palm Springs, California with my husband Rhet, our dogs (Bond and Max) and our cat Buddy. And my journey happily continues.. .