Art Bets: Phil Cheney at Ananda

Imagine navigating Dragon Con via the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, or joining Dr. Who on a trip to Burning Man. Such is the work of Phil Cheney, whose paintings are bright, adventurous, comical and 100 percent original. It is art that doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is one of the reasons it’s so likable. Cheney is a performance painter for local band Snake Oil Medicine Show, and many of the paintings on display were made in collaboration with other artists. In spite of the light-hearted themes, there’s a lot of sophistication regarding color and composition. Cheney is a master at psychedelic stylizations, reminiscent of ‘60s artist Peter Max. Show hangs until Oct. 23 at Ananda Hair Salon, 22 Broadway St.

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