Alice McMahon

Galena, United States

I specialize in figurative charcoal drawing. My work was recently shown and sold at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Current works delve...


Video, Black Butterfly: the muse solo show

For my dear RB friends who were with me in spirit, here is the next best thing to being there. Thanks for the love!

Video footage of “Black Butterfly: the muse” solo exhibition at 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago. Opening Reception was September 18, 2009. Show ran until October 10th. Thanks to Sergio Gomez for providing this video.

Black Butterfly: the muse exhibition

The reception for the Black Butterfly exhibition was this past Friday, and I’m finally catching my breath, which is indescribably good! The past month was fantastic and the ideas flowed for me right down to the wire, but it was also extremely busy!

The opening reception was very well attended and feedback was far beyond my expectations. It opened doors to some very exciting opportunities I never imagined possible for me at this point in my career. My husband Steve played guitar and sang his own compositions during the event and a poet friend recited my poems, her own, and some poems that inspired my works. The butterfly muse was alive and well at 33 Collective on September 18th! There are lots more photos and videos of the party in progress, but I’m waiting to receive the files from the

Artist Statement, Black Butterfly: The Muse

Black Butterfly: The Muse Solo Exhibition opens September 18th through October 10th 2009 at 33 Collective Gallery at Zhou B Art Center, Chicago.…


It’s all about inspiration.

In my series of symbolist figurative works “Black Butterfly: The Muse,” the ethereal butterfly represents the artist’s muse and subjects are always those who are involved in the creative arts. Butterflies may seem a trite symbol, but in the summer of 2008, I had an unusual amount of butterfly sightings, especially black varieties. These occurred just as I was going through a burst of artistic creativity. I wrote my first poem in decades about the encounters as metaphoric of the artist’s muse and began to include butterflies in a new series of charcoal drawings executed on heavy weight frosted Mylar drafting


I’m honored that my two new “3 Graces”/groupie girls were featured in the groups The Best Of and Dirty Filthy Art: Charcoal

I’m working on Grace # 2 of 3. Charcoal – YES!

I’ve got an exhibition of figurative work coming up in August at Argosy Gallery Bar Harbor, Maine. Some of my smaller romantic drawings and paintings will be shown.

“Black Butterfly: The Muse” opens in Chicago, September 18th at 33 Collective Gallery Lots more work to go before then! Sorry if I’m out of touch occasionally.

Also, I’ve added a link to my Etsy shop on my homepage. Purchase small framed Alice McMahon White originals there, I hope to turn them out more quickly once I complete the current Black Butterfly series.

As always, thanks for your support and keep turning out that inspiring work!

~ Alice in ashes

Books featuring my art at

Three expanded and revamped self-published fine art books featuring my art work are now available at Titles “Black Butterfly” “White Album” & “Deep Heart’s Core” correlate with my three most recent series of works. The books are 40 pages each, can be ordered in three formats, softcover, hardcover (image wrap) or hard cover (dust jacket). You can also choose premium paper if you wish.

I’m very pleased with the software and printing quality of this site. My co-op gallery used Blurb for our group exhibition catalog, and I’m using the books to include in my portfolio for gallery submissions. Lots of great ideas are to be found in the “just published” section of the site.

Own an entire series of my work for a song! :) Or, create your own master collection.

Have fun! ~ Alice

Make your own book at

I’ve published my own art book The White Album: a portrait of adolescence at I’m also working on a book of my Black Butterfly series and poetry to use as a promotional piece to pump up my portfolio for gallery submissions.

I only just ordered my book and haven’t seen the hard copy yet, but I’ve seen a finished book at my gallery. 33 Collective used to produce an exhibition catalog, Collective Resonance . The quality of the printing is very good!

You have to download the software, and it’s fairly user friendly. Be sure to drop me a line if you get your own book. I’d love to see what you come up with! Have fun!

Pics of "Collective Resonance" Group show

I had such a blast at the 33 Collective opening reception last night! Many of my friends and fans turned out to support the artists, the show looked great, and the sense of community in my co-op could not be better. We hung out well into the night after the reception in the Zhou B Cafe, talking art.…

The Zhou brothers were surprised and amused that I did the portraits of them from their friend Steven Gross’s photos. I told them I am so impressed with their support for our gallery, and they humbly stated that they want to give as many artists as possible a chance at success and exposure. They are awesome!

Some of you asked for pics of the event, so here they are. Thanks to all of you for your encouragement and support these past few months while I completed the works for the show. Your kind

10 group features in 4 days!

These images were featured in the past four days in the groups All Things Pubs, Inspired Art, Irish Eyes, Out of the Past, Mature Woman and Outsiders. Thanks to all the leaders of these groups! A couple of the images were featured in two different groups at once.

New Group: Contemporary Pastel Painters

I am hosting a new group here on Redbubble, Contemporary Pastel Painters My co-host is the lovely and talented Valerie Simms.

I invite and encourage all pastel artists to join the group. I hope, even if you are not a pastel artist, that you will drop in often to enjoy the work that is posted.

From the group guidelines:

This group exists to showcase the work of all Redbubble artists working in pastel. The pastel medium has many idiosyncrasies that require special knowledge. It is important for artists working in pastel to have a showcase for their work, to be inspired by others working in the medium and learn from one another and strive for excellence. Open to all artists working in the pa

My Blog ~ New Daily Drawing

I’m trying to get my blog up to speed on

A new idea will be a Daily Drawing, which I HOPE to pull off, if not daily, then at least a few times a week. These pieces will be available for purchase at a price most anyone can afford. There are a few pieces labeled Daily Drawing when you scroll back through my older blog posts. They are drawings that were completed in a day, not necessarily something I had created and posted daily.

I had saved my old blog posts from my former Myspace page, but I still have much of this older material to repost. This may take some time.

Thanks for visiting, and if you are on, please let me know, I’ll gladly subscribe to your blog!

London and the Saatchi Gallery experience

Steve and I had a perfect trip to London to attend an opening at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea where my work was being exhibited. My cousin and his wife joined us for the opening, they live in London and work in theater. We also met Redbubble friend, the lovely and talented Val Simms and several other UK artist friends. It was an honor they traveled to London to meet us and view my work at the Saatchi. We returned to Sweet Home Chicago just in time to beat the record UK snowfall that closed Heathrow just a few hours after our flight left London. I’ve posted some photos of our trip here, and will post more soon. Now I’m ready to get back to the easel! Thanks again, friends, for cheering me on all the way.

Love, Alice

"Chains" SOLD at Saatchi Gallery!

I received a call today from a London art collector who saw my pastel “Chains” on display at the Saatchi Gallery. He will purchase the work, and it will be in his collection just around the corner from the Saatchi in Chelsea, London.…

OK, I’m a bit excited!!!

My husband Steve and I will be in London Jan 24th through Feb 1st to attend a private opening at Saatchi’s on Jan 29th. “Chains” has been on display since December 23rd and will remain hanging until February 18th.

Excited is not the word…

I’ve had a few people ask if it’s hard to let the piece go. The answer is not at all! It has been far more difficult to let go of the model for “Chains”. She is my daughter, and she left home in August for art school. She is doing A+ work, and having the time of her life, and also blowing Mom away al

4 days, 4 features & challenge win

Thanks to my group leaders for featuring my work!

Featured Work

“Evening Shadows” was featured in the group Dirty Filthy Art: Charcoal 38 minutes ago

This piece also won the Winter challenge in the Dirty Filthy Art: Charcoal group.

“Summer’s Muse in Vintage Frame” was featured in the group Out of the Past about 19 hours ago

“Landscape commission 2008” was featured in the group Landscape Painting 3 days ago

“Norwegian Wood (detail)” was featured in the group Dirty Filthy Art: Charcoal 4 days ago

"Chains" now showing at the Saatchi Gallery, London

A photo of “Chains” on display 1/06/09 at the new Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London after winning round 2 of the Showdown.

I received this email today from the Saatchi Gallery:

Dear Alice

I am delighted to inform you that your work is currently being exhibited in the Saatchi Gallery – please find attached a photograph of your work on display. Below is the label that we are using for the work.





Pastel on paper

55 × 38 cm

January 06, 2009

Yahoo!!! I’m still waiting to hear details about any openings, and plan to get a last minute flight soon to see it hanging in person. Too excited for words!

xx ~ Alice

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