Playing With Fire by Alice McMahon

From the “Black Butterfly: The Muse” series.

Charcoal on mylar film, in vintage c. 1924 frame, with bubble type glass. 18 × 12″ overall, framed. Completed in two sessions.

Luna moth.

Candle from this, my own reference photo:

I specialize in figurative charcoal drawing. My work was recently shown and sold at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Current works delve into the realm of symbolism and magic realism.
All of my drawings are meant to be noble representations of individual subjects, and also bring together a wealth of influences, recognition of art history and myth and a contemporary attitude to create images that are of the moment, but hopefully will also remain relevant in the future.

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  • Linda Bennett
    Linda Bennettalmost 6 years ago

    Just beautiful and very creative!! Love the frame…well done!!

  • Thanks Linda – it was very tricky to photo – maybe because of the velvety blacks. This is a close representation. The frame is as old as my mom. :) xx

    – Alice McMahon

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganalmost 6 years ago

    Splendid piece of work, Alice. Wonderful title and presentation.

  • Thank you Bev – I was listening to Seal’s “Prayer For the Dying” when I was choosing the title today – “playing with fire and not getting burned”

    I may do a couple more of these butterfly/moth alone pieces.

    – Alice McMahon

  • Catherine  Howell
    Catherine Howellalmost 6 years ago

    wonderful work!!

  • lessmutzart
    lessmutzartalmost 6 years ago

    You do such awesome work…fantastic

  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballalmost 6 years ago

    wonderful image!!

  • Traceyisanozzy
    Traceyisanozzyalmost 6 years ago

    Stunning Alice……..I never tire of your beautiful work………love everthing about this including the gorgeous frame………

  • Thank you Tracey – the candle is from a photo I took at Christmas, it’s way back in my albums, I suppose I should post it here as well. Many more works to come this summer – I have a solo show in September.

    – Alice McMahon

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonalmost 6 years ago

    WOW – I don’t know how you do this!!!! You are soooo talented Alice! (I will just pop my eyeballs back into my head now).

  • Yes, I think you will be needing those or we would all be bereft of your beautiful work Lynda. Thanks my friend!

    – Alice McMahon

  • hsien-ku
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  • Natinga
    Natingaalmost 6 years ago

    wonderful work Alice

  • Leith
    Leithalmost 6 years ago

    Hope it doesn’t get sizzled!
    Butterful :)

  • Poof!

    Signed in and here you are. I’m raising my red to you at the moment and pretending I’m at your opening. Actually looked up last minute fares – the event was sounding more amazing with each passing PR. Couldn’t touch the fares, and I’m kicking myself for not reserving weeks ago. I know you will sell. xx

    – Alice McMahon

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