MAUI, Hawaii — Following his successful recent new exhibit opening at Hawaii’s Holle Fine Art gallery at 39 Front Street in Lahaina on the island of Maui, during which legendary pop artist Ruby Mazur debuted his latest work, Rock-n-Roll Last Supper, a massive five by 12ft oil on canvas that was three years in the making, the artist is now debuting his new High-Volume series this week, which will be on exhibit through the spring.
During the last few weeks, several of his original oils on canvas have sold, along with Rock-n-Roll Last Supper color prints and many of his special edition giclee prints. Mazur continues to create and was inspired by recent enthusiasm from many fans of his work, which he translated into a new technique he developed to convey the concept of hearing and feeling the music through his paintings, using movement, energy, unique brush strokes, and extremely vibrant color to almost bring the painting to life. Mazur calls the striking results his “high volume pop art”.
He immediately immersed himself in this new process, creating images of Prince, Steven Tyler, Elton John, Bruno Mars and Tom Petty. Plans are in the works for a separate High Volume Pop Art exhibit. Mazur is also co-producing a documentary on his years as an artist, interviewing long-time collectors, including one who has more than 30 of his original paintings. It will also include footage of Mazur at work in his studio and interviews with his rock-n-roll friends, such as Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres and legendary musician/producer Nile Rodgers.
Also currently on exhibit at Holle Fine Art gallery are Mazur’s new paintings of Freddie Mercury, Keith Richards, Willie Nelson, Cher, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Bob Marley, Amy Winehouse, Jerry Garcia, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, and a diptych of Elton John and Billy Joel. The exhibit also includes Mouth & Tongue, the first new painting of the Rolling Stones since Mazur’s original was done in the early 1970s.
Mazur’s original paintings, in which he uses both oil and acrylic, are also available as open edition fine art giclee on canvas prints which are hand-embellished and signed by the artist. Most are available in three sizes: 18 by 24in, 24 by 30in, and 3o by 40in. Prices and dimensions for the paintings are available upon request.
Mazur, raised in New York City, has lived and worked in Maui for the last fifteen years. He launched his early career in pop art and graphics at age 21 as art director of Paramount Records. He received a Grammy award nomination for his design on the Crow Foot album cover, though he is probably best known as the creator of the original “mouth & tongue” image for the Rolling Stones, which was first used on the Tumbling Dice record sleeve in 1972.
Over the past 45 years, Mazur’s innovative and influential artistry has been displayed in galleries around the world. His outrageous and trend-setting designs have graced more than 3,000 album covers for the likes of Elton John, Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Van Morrison, Jim Croce, Jimmy Buffett, and B.B. King, in addition to movie soundtrack covers including Love Story, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Malcolm X, and Lenny Bruce.
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