Artist brings fun vibes to Surf City with colorful murals – Orange County Register

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Jason Maloney has only one hope for the people who walk this alley in Huntington Beach: they smile.

Now, three large murals and a small painting, created by the colorful artist over the past month, greet passers-by.

The splash of fun scenes is just meant to bring joy to people, he said. “It’s a fun alley, people are really happy. “

  • As Huntington Beach artist Jason Maloney paints the last of the murals, passers-by look at the completed murals located in an alleyway just off Main Street behind Jack’s Surf Shop in downtown Huntington Beach on Saturday, November 20 2021. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • One of the murals painted by Huntington Beach artist Jason Maloney located in an alley just off Main Street behind Jack’s Surf Shop in downtown Huntington Beach on Saturday, November 20, 2021 (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • Huntington Beach artist Jason Maloney paints the last of the murals located in an alley just off Main Street behind Jack’s Surf Shop in downtown Huntington Beach on Saturday, November 20, 2021. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • Passers-by look at the completed murals painted by Huntington Beach artist Jason Maloney in an alley just off Main Street behind Jack’s Surf Shop in downtown Huntington Beach on Saturday, November 20, 2021 (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • Huntington Beach artist Jason Maloney paints the last of the murals located in an alley just off Main Street behind Jack’s Surf Shop in downtown Huntington Beach on Saturday, November 20, 2021. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • One of the murals painted by Huntington Beach artist Jason Maloney located in an alley just off Main Street behind Jack’s Surf Shop in downtown Huntington Beach on Saturday, November 20, 2021 (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • Huntington Beach artist Jason Maloney painted murals in an alley just off Main Street behind Jack’s Surf Shop in downtown Huntington Beach on Saturday, November 20, 2021. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG )

Maloney, who grew up in Upland but lived in Newport Beach for a decade before recently moving to Huntington Beach, was a Disney artist for 10 years and then spent another 10 years, until 2016, as artistic director of action sports brand Hurley, before bringing his pop-art style to Surf City.

He was commissioned by the owners of Jack’s Surf Shop to create 20ft by 25ft long murals in cutouts along the alley wall.

Each of the paintings was done by hand, simply using a bucket of paint and brushes, the 46-year-old artist said.

As a product of the ’80s generation, Maloney said he has long drawn inspiration from the MTV era filled with bright neon colors. He said he remembers being inspired by the artwork on the sides of arcade games and skateboards Tony Hawk and by music icon Madonna.

“It’s very fun. I have a very childish personality when it comes to my art, ”he said.

“I wanted everything to be oversized so it draws you in and makes you feel like a kid when you look at it, similar to how you feel when you’re at Disney,” he said of the murals. “It triggers that childish memory and makes an adult feel like a child 300 feet away.”

The alley is an artery connecting a busy parking lot to the main street.

“They’re like big, giant coloring books,” he said. “There’s no deep, underlying meaning behind it… let’s just have fun. We need more of that, I think.

Part of the fun he got was interacting with passers-by who stopped by to discuss his art.

“I really like painting in front of people. It makes me pay when people ask questions, I love interacting with the public, ”he said. “I really appreciate the entertainment value of the art world. There is a time to be quiet in your studio, but then interactive with the audience. Meeting people the old fashioned way.

Among Maloney’s favorites in the murals is a skateboarding bear about to make a plant out of his face, his tooth falling out.

“I wasn’t a good skateboarder, I pushed on the wrong foot and crashed a lot,” he said with a chuckle. “But I was a gifted artist.”

There’s also a red and yellow surfer shark, which a kid nicknamed “Pizza Shark” because it looks like a slice of pepperoni.

More and more public artwork adorns the walls of Surf City, adding colorful scenes to the seaside town. Huntington Beach artist and surfer Melissa Murphy has painted several massive walls around town with seascapes in recent months.

“If you go there are at least three or four public murals of all different styles which is great. They’re so much fun because they go around galleries and go straight to people, ”said Maloney.

“You just walk down the street and you see beautiful art,” he said. “There is something for everyone. It’s a bit like a carnival of fun.

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