By OCinSite At-Large | June 28, 2011 10:19 AM
Jason Maloney | Photo by Derek Bahn
Newport Beach Magazine | June 2011
Newport Beach-based artist Jason Maloney is one of OC’s most interesting and innovative creative forces. He’s Hurley’s Director of Art, where he works with artists who help drive the action sports brand, as well as kids interested in art. “I just recently finished painting a mural with some high school kids and the most amazing thing happened,” Jason says of a Hurley supported project with Laguna Beach High School students. “I fell in love with painting all over again.”
Jason’s early inspiration came from his fascination with ’80s skateboard graphics, “Friday the 13th-type of horror movies, and heavy metal groups like iron Maiden. He eventually landed a job with Disney as a scenic artist on projects like the renovation of it’s A small World’s and transforming the Haunted Mansion into Tim Burton’s “A Nightmare Before Christmas.”
But the artist’s most memorable work may be a drawing of a seemingly inebriated elephant named Tippsy, which is now seen on everything from T-shirts to squeaky plush toys—not to mention stickers that have become ubiquitous throughout SoCal. Who knows, it could become California’s next iconic animated figure, like Paul Frank’s Julius the Monkey ... or Mickey Mouse!