Happy Halloween: The Monstrously Clever Art of Chris McMahon & Thyrza Segal

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Everyone has no doubt seen them, or maybe even owned one or two of them: pretty but generic paintings of landscapes and nature scenes that might have once lived in a backroad Motel 6 or the rec room in your grandparent’s house that are now for sale for a buck at your local thrift store or lawn sale.

However, in the true eco-spirit of recycling, reusing and repurposing, artists Chris McMahon and Thyrza Segal turn those innocuous yet dull artworks into something very original and unusual by painting terrifying monsters into those bucolic scenes. Both artists (who work separately in different cities, and not part of a collaborating team) are spearheading a new fad in art of people repurposing discarded paintings by introducing unusual elements into the scene, giving new life and value to something that might otherwise wind up in a landfill.

Part of the charm in these paintings is the amateur nature of the base painting. In fact, some of the best and humorous have the least skillful backgrounds. Perhaps these painters continued their craft, or perhaps they moved on to other talents – regardless, they’d probably be amused to see their work remixed as it is today. Still, McMahon in particular, acknowledges these unlikely collaborations by signing his creations with the original artists’ signature, along with “& McMahon.”

But is it truly art? You can discuss that amongst yourselves, but today on Halloween, it sure is a lot of fun! Happy Halloween everybody!

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Hi, I'm Stephen Kelly, a writer, editor, photographer and graphic designer living in beautiful San Francisco, CA, USA. Amongst the things I love are writing, photography, movies, music, fitness, travel, Batman, all things Australian, food and fun, all of which I hope to reflect in this here blog. Welcome aboard ... now let's get busy!
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17 Responses to Happy Halloween: The Monstrously Clever Art of Chris McMahon & Thyrza Segal

  1. Paula says:

    Happy Halloween, Stephen 🙂 This is certainly an apt art post 🙂

  2. Happy Halloween, Stephen, from both me and my 10-year-old nephew for the wonderful and hideous paintings of monsters and landscapes! He thought they were a perfect complement to his trick-or-treating activities!

  3. Impybat says:

    OMG, this is SO much awesome! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. cyardin says:

    These are cool! I have never heard of these artists before.

    • Hey Chris … glad you liked them. I actually came across both artists on an online art blog in an article about this new trend of repurposing old art. I’ve found some other great examples and artists that I hope to post soon.

  5. The Guat says:

    I love the orange monster in the black and white pic. Very cool artwork! Thanks for giving it exposure because I hadn’t seen this before.

  6. cocomino says:

    Happy Halloween! All images are interesting. 😀

  7. ideflex says:

    Is it art – yes, why not? If it makes you smile or laugh or think then it’s already a whole lot better than some of the really pretentious stuff that no one understands touted at snooty galleries…

  8. Pat says:

    Great post – I think all of us have had thoughts of this kind someplace deep in our brains as we looked at very boring artwork in hotel rooms. I will now and forever have fantasies of painting interest into the “artwork” of every hotel I visit. The only thing restraining me will be lack of talent. Does lack of talent plus lack of talent equal talent? I digressed – thanks for the great mind candy.

    • Hi Pat … and thanks for visiting. I know … I can never again look at one of these types of paintings and not imagine putting some kind of scary monster in there.
      hahaha! interesting concept … i’m guessing two negatives would make a positive!

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