SWARTZ CREEK — Gaines Township artist Greg Maul will have a oneman art show at the Swartz Creek Area Art Guild Gallery.
The show opens Sunday.
Maul, also known as Stickman, has been a Guild member since it was founded, said President Nancy Olds.
“His unique approach and technique in abstract 2-D wall art is colorful and thought-provoking,” said Olds.
Olds said Maul will exhibit a variety of works.
“I have a few walking sticks, a whole bunch of bottles, some stones and about 30 paintings,” said Maul.
The artist said he calls himself a “brail artist” and he describes his aesthetic as “primitive modern.”
“My art, you can touch it,” he said. “A lot of my stuff looks like it’s from primitive days. It’s cavemanish, childlike.”
One of his favorite media is colored sand which, when finished, appears like stained glass, he said.
He discovered the technique in the 1970s.
“I would put glue on my paintings,” he said. “When it dries, it leaves ghost lines. I started putting sand on top of that. From there, I realized that, when I coat it, I could make it look like stained glass.”
Maul was influenced by Vincent VanGogh, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. Much of his work is an homage to Native Americans.
“I’ve done this since I was a kid,” he said. “My grandmother had a kiln in her basement, so I did a lot of clay. I was always taking art classes in elementary and junior high.
“In high school, I had some bad teachers who put big, red E’s on my paintings and ruined them. That set me back. That’s what ruined a lot of kids’ art. I decided I wanted to be an art teacher, and I was going to let kids paint trees purple if they wanted to.”
Maul grew up in Flint and graduated from Southwestern High School. After a stint in the military, he enrolled at Junior College (now Mott Community College), but left school to support his family. He retired after 30 years at Buick.
These days, he works on his art and teaches art to special needs children.
“They’re so great,” he said. “They make you feel so good.”
Maul works with children who are blind and who have Down Syndrome.
The Gallery is a non-profit gallery and art school. Profits from art sales are shared, with 70 percent going to the artist and 30 percent to the gallery.
Maul’s show will run through Nov. 2.
The Gallery is located at 8048 Miller Road, Suite G. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.