Mac Worthington - Radical Notoriety

World-reowned artist and Columbus art icon Mac Worthington has owned art galleries in the Short North for the past eighteen years. During that time, he's worn more hats than one could count. "I've evolved from being strictly a sculptor and artist," he says, "to also being someone who is a gallery owner and rep." Currently, Worthington represents artists who work in all mediums, but mostly in the world of contemporary art.

From an individual artist's standpoint, Worthington refers to his genre as "radical abstract." "My works include free standing pieces, wall sculptures and functional stuff like tables and pop art," he says. With that, it should come as no surprise that he openly references artists like David Smith, Caro, Peter Max and OSU alum Roy Lichtenstein as his major influences.

There is no such thing as a lazy successful artist, and with Worthington nearing the top of the mountain here in Columbus, it's safe to say his time for play is minimal. However, when chance does afford him a moment to indulge in other passions, he turns immediately to his three kids (two sons aged 35 and 14 and a daughter aged 24) and his baby: a customized Harley Davidson motorcycle. "I seldom have time to ride it," he says. "but I have worked it over from top to bottom and now it is mostly a show bike."

The Mac Worthington Gallery (749 North High Street) is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. A sculpture park and the artist's studio are at 5935 Houseman Road in Ostrander, Ohio (near Delaware); both are open daily from noon to dusk.