Brian Mahieu is a plein air landscape painter. He has devoted most of his artistic career to painting the Missouri River Valley focusing on the ever-changing light and atmospheric conditions the four seasons provide. Also an avid gardener and daylily hybridizer, with 144 new daylily varieties to his credit, garden images have figured heavily into his oeuvre.
Mahieu studied oil painting with Sidney Larson at Columbia College. Larson, who was both a student and friend of Thomas Hart Benton, was a muralist, historian, art conservator, educator and painter. Mahieu graduated cum laude, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1989. From graduation until 2000 Brian maintained several successful fine art galleries in downtown Columbia, Missouri.
In 1987 Mahieu had an auction of his art to finance a trip to Paris, France where he lived in the Latin Quarter for one month. During that time he was able to see the great impressionist masterpieces, and to visit 'the shrine' — Monet's home and garden in Giverny, France. Upon his return from France, Mahieu devoted himself to painting exclusively 'en plein air “—that is outside, directly from nature.
Mahieu has exhibited nationally including galleries in New York and Carmel. Brian's paintings are in public and private collections throughout the United States, Europe the United Kingdom and Australia, including the contemporary artist collection of the State Historical Society of Missouri. The largest public collection of Mahieu's work is at the World Aquarium in St Louis.
“The paintings of Brian Mahieu are beautiful, quality objects created by a gifted artist with integrity and talent. His iridescent evocations of the myriad motifs in landscape and garden offer wonderful responses to specific conditions of light and atmosphere. He produces colors we cannot easily see as they merge with reality. His juicy and expressive paintings become abstractions of visual poetry. Brian Mahieu is probably the purist oil painter Columbia College has produced.”