In Barry Maxwell’s abstract paintings, he plays with contrasting painterly approaches; opening a dialogue between the rigidity of constructivist compositions and the randomness of time-worn graffiti. Forms build through a process of acrylic washes and layers of paint and glazes. Often at odds with each other, the elements of the compositions find harmony in a position of potential collapse.
Influences include primitive art, science-fiction, geologic formations, and modernist architecture. Maxwell’s approach is also informed by the natural processes and rhythms he finds as an avid surfer and hiker in Washington State.