Drum Circle, Central Park and more art by Maxwell Stevens

Drum Circle, Central Park, 2019
160 x 130 x 5.5 cm (h x w x d)
USD 30 000
Oil on canvas
for sale

Maxwell Stevens is an American artist born in 1971 who lives and works in New York, USA. He received an MFA in Painting from the School of Art at Washington University in Saint Louis in 1995, and a BFA in Painting from The Atlanta College of Art, now SCAD Atlanta in 1993. He is best known for his multi-layered paintings and drawings that overlay photorealistic images with vivid, energized abstractions. Shortly after moving to New York City, after many years of working exclusively in non-representational abstraction, Maxwell Stevens embarked on a significant stylistic shift in his approach to his art. He began composing his canvases with recognizable imagery, incorporating photorealist figures and lifelike scenes into his works, and then abruptly superposing these paintings directly with tumultuous abstractions. This new period is clearly identifiable by large abstract painted gestures superimposed directly on top of photorealist paintings that have become increasingly descriptive, with each series correlating the seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, around a deeply personal and often autobiographical theme. In an essay entitled Maxwell Stevens: Thesis, Antithesis & Synthesis, NYArts Magazine observed “These vivid gestures of thick impasto grow invariably in an upwards motion as abrupt expressions that reach the viewer with immediate emotional charge and the space far beyond the canvas.” By dramatically increasing the surface tension of the canvases, from the chaotic clouds of brushstrokes that remain individually visible underneath, to the bowlike tension of a unified flat and hard mirror surface, the artist makes them most accessible to the viewer. Writing for Meer Magazine, Art Critic Alejandro Pardo described the paintings this way, “The surface you see becomes both the frontier that separates and the gate that opens and integrates the outer and inner spaces.” The possibilities with his newly invented approach has allowed him to introduce a wide variety of content and narrative situations into what at first glance often appears as a purely abstract picture, opening up to new subject matter while raising important questions about the very nature of representation, perception, and pattern recognition, constantly questioning and pushing the limits of painting as a form. Often working with everyday scenes drawn directly from life, the artist has said “I’m interested in the domestic arena as the primary site for our psychological and emotional experiences, and in how we exist differently, historically, within each passing moment. I try to use abstraction and the fragmentation of representational imagery to evoke this.” Exploring an array of subjects over the years, his pictures address many of the shared aspects of the human condition. Maxwell Stevens has exhibited extensively and internationally in contemporary venues from Tokyo to Dallas to New York, alongside major artists such as Cy Twombly, Joseph Beuys, and Dorothea Rockburne. His paintings and projects have been featured in numerous publications including Art in America, NY Arts Magazine, Meer Magazine, The Museum of Modern Art Contemporary Drawing and Print Associates Bulletin, Fine Art Connoisseur, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Art Papers, among many others.

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other works by Maxwell Stevens

Autumn Leaves 2, 2023
47.5 x 62.1 x 0.5 cm (h x w x d)
Giclée Print on Hahnemühle Paper

Autumn Leaves 1, 2023
47.5 x 62.1 x 0.5 cm (h x w x d)
Giclée Print on Hahnemühle Paper

Autumn Leaves, Rehearsal at Be..., 2023
48.1 x 62.1 x 0.5 cm (h x w x d)
Giclée Print on Hahnemühle Paper

Thin Space, Sewing, 2016
41 x 30.5 x 2.1 cm (h x w x d)
Oil on panel

Thin Space, Spring Essence, 2017
58 x 58 x 2.5 cm (h x w x d)
Oil on canvas



Terrace Las Salinas, Formenter..., 2023
114 x 146 x 4 cm (h x w x d)
Oil on canvas

Women & Kids, 2021
65 x 80 x 3 cm (h x w x d)
Oil on canvas

Bateau Alain, 2023
80 x 100 x 3 cm (h x w x d)
Oil on canvas

Bateau pour Formentera, 2019
80 x 100 x 4 cm (h x w x d)
Oil on canvas

Dernière Lumière, 2020
65 x 81 x 4 cm (h x w x d)
Acrylic on canvas


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