William Mahan – West Adams – 07/24/2013

William Mahan, or Bill, has been at his West Adams studio for 25 years.  The large space is filled with his paintings and collages.  He often paints the same image, mostly relics or decaying make-shift monuments he found and photographed in Mexico.  His collages are made with slices of old billboards when they were printed on paper and show the ben-day dot pattern.  He maximizes the textured paper for its amazing colors and design elements.  Bill taught for many years and is now focused full-time on his studio work. His distinguished career includes participation in on of Marcia Tucker’s Whitney Biennials in 1970s and other important exhibitions in Los Angeles and New York.  His most recent solo exhibition Close at Hand featured his collages and he participated in the group exhibition Collages Transvagrant at Warschaw Gallery as well.