“Maxwell consumes the consumer culture that would otherwise consume him”
–Alfie Strong, Curator of Cella Shows
Intertwining performance, painting, drawing and sculpture, Maxwell’s work has explored homelessness, mental illness and our brand-embalmed society in a novel manner that is neither critical nor supportive. That these subjects have a personal resonance for Maxwell is important: he is not removed from the inspiration of his practice, it is something that is entirely personal to him. In his own words, the subjects choose him, not the other way round.
In his work Brand New Me, Maxwell commodified himself by painting 20 pints of his own blood into an epic-scale replica of his logo, physically turning himself into a piece of advertising. From this, to his project Drawn Out, in which he filled four 10 meter rolls of paper with approximately 10 million hand-drawn lines whilst living in isolation for 386 days, to viral video footage of Maxwell’s sculpture Left Out, which has so far been viewed over 40 million times, his “thought-provoking” (Huffington Post) works have begun to establish him in the art world.
– Joshua Vaughan (Co-Curator of Exchange)
2016 – ‘Inside Out’ at Exchange – London
2014-2015 – ‘Drawn Out’ – France
2009-2012 – BA (Hons) Fine Art, Leeds College of Art, Leeds, UK (First-Class).
V&P Tassis Sculpture Award 2016 (first prize)
Panel speaker at Exchange Residency
“Eye-opening” – The True Activist
“Act of courage” – Frame Magazine
“Thought provoking” – Huffington Post
“Challenges our attitudes” – The Big Issue
“Unconventional and Moving” – ARTiculAction
“Utterly shocking and awe-inspiring” – India Art n’Design
“Unique ability to both shock and move his audience” – Arteviste
“Hoofin, this guy is dope” – Tom Hardy (actor/owner of Bingo Bango 2)
“Causing a stir throughout the international art scene” – Lodown Magazine