Don't miss the last chance to enjoy and own your very own painting from this talented and much loved Missouri artist. Brian is moving out of state and we are sending him off with a farewell exhibit like only Orr Street can do. Brian has been working and creating new and fabulous paintings of Winter and Spring scenes from the Missouri River Valley.
These never before seen pieces will be on exhibit from May 5th until June 25th, with the opening reception on the North Village Artist Districts First Friday, May 6th and a Gallery Talk with the artist on Thursday May 5th from 7:30-8:30.
Brian Mahieu has been a plein air landscape painter since 1987. That year, he traveled to Paris, France and lived in the Latin Quarter for one month. Seeing the Impressionist masterpieces, Monet's gardens at Giverny and the French countryside, which reminded him of Missouri, created the impetus to paint en plein air exclusively. The primary motif of his work has been the Missouri River Valley at dusk with an emphasis on capturing the mood and atmosphere of the landscape. While studying at Columbia College, Mahieu's painting professor the late Sidney Larson encouraged him to paint outside directly from nature and to develop his painterly technique. Mahieu is a Columbia College graduate cum laude, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1989. From graduation until 2000 Brian maintained his fine art gallery Mahieu Fine Art (originally Atelier Mahieu) at 918 East Broadway in Columbia, Missouri. He was also a founding member of Dauphine Gallery and à la campagne, and was hired to start the Rocheport Gallery and served as its original Curator. Currently, Mahieu is Curator and Director of the not-for-profit Art House in Fulton, Missouri where he exhibits regularly.
Mahieu has exhibited nationally including the cities of New York, Carmel and Santa Cruz. Brian's paintings are in public and private collections throughout the United States, Europe the United Kingdom and Australia, including the contemporary artist collection of the State Historical Society of Missouri. The largest public collection of Mahieu's work is at the World Aquarium in St Louis.
In addition to painting full time, from 1992—2009 he operated one of the largest daylily breeding programs in the world creating and introducing 144 new daylily varieties into commerce. Brian and his husband Tom Harris live in Fulton with their two retired racing greyhounds and various foster greyhounds.