Statement Mark Maxwell
The art of Mark Maxwell is created through the inspiration of the alchemical process.
His works often consist of patinated copper incorporated onto canvas. Thin sheets of copper are beaten over various surfaces.
Details are replicated within the copper as it bends and stretches within the grooves and cracks, imitating the surface beneath.
The images in the cast, be it exposed tree roots from Sherwood forest or the crypt floor from Christ Church Spitalfields, are transformed to the higher realms of iconic grandeur with the application of various paints, pigments, gilding methods (silver leaf, gold leaf) and chemical patination .
His recent collection of paintings are aluminium tablets with minimalist applications of copper and silver leaf.
He has had several commissions for Music CD covers and Literature Jacket Covers.
Recent commissions include a Site specific Sculpture installation ( metal work/etched glass/LED Lighting) for the British Phonographic Industry – London and paintings for the Malmaison –Newcastle.
His works are in private collections and various institutions including the National Australia Bank - London, Smithkline Beecham - Harrow, Liberty Re Insurance - London, The Palace - Riyadh,
NMB Heller - Surrey, RPS Consultancy, Lexington Metropolis - London,
Serono Pharmaceuticals - London, Jones Lang la Salle - London, GPS Maidenhead , Pitcher + Piano – London.
Also Mark Maxwell is a trained designer.
Initially assisting artist Brian Eno on live events, he uses his design skills to create experiences in particular for Madame Tussauds in London and New York.
A recent project was the design for the Incredible Hulk Experience which incorporated video direction, lighting effects, vibrating floors and an ‘interactive’’ hulk transformation unit.
And in March this year he designed the set and video content for pop group Feeder European Tour.
Currently he is producing drawings and visuals for live events in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.