Stone Malone is an American artist, musician, and activist. Best described as a surrealist with a comic-book flare, Malone has developed an underground following for incredibly detailed oil paintings that are recreations of his early work in ink-and-color pencil.
His art is also known for bold experiments in color and his trademark use of eyes. The artist created many of the works using a unique 360-technique so that each piece could be rotated multiple times and appreciated from many angles.
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Malone showed artistic promise from an early age. As a young child, he could draw coherent pictures before speaking, and decorated the walls of his home with black Sharpie drawings.
He attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids and Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, California.
While pursuing a career in music in Los Angeles, Stone continued drawing, creating elaborate pen-and-ink works. In 1993, his roommate asked him to create something they could hang on the wall. The result was “Masterpiece,” an intricate study of color and shapes that features his now-distinctive use of eyes.
In 2006, Stone-Art was reborn on canvas. Over a period of two years, he recreated 18 of his original color-pencil masters in oil. He stayed “in hiding” as an artist, but despite never publicly displaying his work, he quietly gained a cult following as the “Cartoon Picasso.”
Malone found his inspiration in cannabis and eventually became a pro-cannabis activist after writing a screenplay about a cannabis legislation in 2003.
After pressure from family, friends, and fans, Stone felt that the twentieth anniversary of his first creation, “Masterpiece,” was the time to make his debut.
In 2013, The Stone Malone Gallery opened in the heart of the world-famous Melrose District in Los Angeles. The gallery launched with the One + 2 exhibit, a series of pieces from across the artist’s mixed-media collection of oil paintings, ink-and-pencil drawings, and photographs.
The Gallery has started a true art scene in the heart of Melrose, and has become well respected. The Stone Malone Gallery is Curated by Los Angeles based artist and designer Jonnie Rojas. The gallery exhibits a wide range of work from new emerging talents, as well as established artists from Los Angeles and all over the world.SMG exhibits the best in fine art, modern contemporary, pop, photography, and street art.
Once a month Stone hosts Kelle Rhoads & Friends, A special musical event featuring musical performances by surprise guests, local musicians and artists.