Jean is a heavy, strong, twilled cotton, used in making uniforms and work clothes. "Jeans", however, has become the
family name for pants made of jean, denim or other durable
The T-shirt (also tee shirt) is so named because of being
shaped like the letter T when spread out.
The T-shirt and jeans have become icons of American Culture.
In Maxwell's ongoing series of paintings that he calls
"American Icons", each painting begins with the preparation of
a piece of cast-off clothing, usually, jeans or a T-shirt, for
use as the substrate for a painting.
Using non-toxic acrylic
paints and his extensive painting vocabulary, as well as his
improvisational talent, Maxwell makes an irregularly shaped
painted object which builds on the design elements inherent
in the clothing. The results are striking innovations and represent a significant and unique approach to recycling and to the
making of art objects.