Tim Maxwell

Every image has a story to tell. In some cases the story may not be immediately apparent, but if we look for it, it will be found. It would be too easy to write off a lot of art by saying “It’s just a black circle on a white surface” or “It’s just three horizontal bands of color” or “it’s just a bunch of lines.” In fact there are as many stories to tell as there are works in an exhibition, and anyone who doesn’t see the trees doesn’t even know he is, in fact, exploring a forest. The drawings of one particular artist in this case are what matter.

Maxwell is a contemporary artist with a poet’s soul. He is obsessed with the myths and legends of ages past, for they create great stories which we still read today. Through his depiction of these stories, he has reached a point in his creative rigor where he realizes that the space of the story is just as important as the events or the people. Unlike the theater that superseded myth, there is no great stage upon which the actors may strut, but a real world connected intimately to a divine one. Perspective depends upon how far one needs to look in order to reveal truth.

We invite you to explore the work of Tim Maxwell, whose drawings will challenge and inspire you as they have us. Look deeply into them and you may find yourself reliving the first time you encountered a place that altered your definition of what lived experience could be, whether real in wilderness or urban complexity, or imagined and dreamed, or leaping from the pages of history and myth.


Born in New Brunswick, NJ

Lives in New York, NY


BFA. Painting and Drawing, Pennsylvania State University State College, PA 2002

MFA. School of Visual Arts, New York, NY 2004

Solo Exhibitions:

Dimensional Narratives, Gibson Contemporary, New York, NY 2020

Paradigm Sift, Hiestand Galleries, Miami University, Oxford, OH 2016

Weltschmerz, RARE Gallery, New York, NY 2012

TABULA RASA, Charest-Weinberg Gallery, Miami, FL 2011

Necrophiliac, RARE Gallery, New York, NY (With Seth Johnson) 2006

Tim Maxwell, Derek Eller Gallery (North Room), New York, NY 2005

New Drawings, Marvelli Lab, Brooklyn, NY 2004


Group Exhibitions:

Kenosis in the Supervoid, curated by Shane Harrington and Leah Oates, Station

Independent Projects, New York, NY 2016

Drawers Drawing, curated by Alison Pierz, Galerie Protégé, New York, NY 2015

Waiting For the Barbarians, curated by David Hunt, RARE, New York 2006

Recent Acquisitions (Ekko Mannikko, Balthasar Burkhard, Adam McEwan, Tim Maxwell,

Philip Lorca diCorcia, Olav Westthalen, Mel Ramos), Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

Scope-Hamptons, New York, NY, David Hunt 2006

From the Root to the Fruit, curated by David Hunt, Alona Kagan Gallery, New York, NY, 2006

Le Desert De Retz, Massimo Audiello, curated by David Hunt, New York, NY 2006

100% Acid Free, White Columns, curated by Michaela Giovannotti, New York, NY 2005

The World in Everything, Everything in the World, MFA. Thesis Exhibition, Visual Arts

Gallery, curated by Michelle Maccerone, New York, NY 2004

Black Milk, Marvelli Gallery, curated by Monica Espinel, New York, NY 2004

The Painted Figure, Visual Arts Gallery, SVA, curated by Sam Cady, New York, NY 2003

Works on Paper, Marvelli Gallery New York, NY 2003

Penn State Juried Exhibition, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

BFA. Thesis Exhibition, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 2002


LMCC (swing space), New York, NY 2007



Jana, Reena, 100% Acid Free, Art on Paper, March/April 2006

Hrabeck, Mary 100% Acid Free, M Magazine 2006

100% Acid Free, New Yorker, “Goings on about town” Jan 24-31 2006

100% Acid Free, Flavorpill 2005

Korotkin, Joyce, Black Milk, M Magazine

Johnson, Ken, Black Milk, New York Times, Friday July 16

Schwendener, Martha, New Yorker, Tim Maxwell, “Goings on about town” 2004

Johnson, Ken, New York Times, “Shortlist” 2003


Curated Registries:

White Columns, New York, NY 2005-Present

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