Paul Maxwell has produced limited edition works since 1950.
Maxwell learned silk screen printing while serving in the Air
Force during World War II and began printing small editions in
the silk screen medium when he established his studio in Los
Angeles in 1950.
In 1957 thru 1958, while teaching at the Houston Museum of Art
(Texas) and the University of Houston, Maxwell produced a
series of off-set lithographs, which prompted him to want to
learn stone lithography. With that end in mind, he moved to
Lausanne, Switzerland, to study stone lithography in a studio
where editions were being printed for Jacques Villon, Hans Erni
and other notable European artists.
Maxwell was stimulated by his Lausanne experience to return to
the U.S. and to devote himself to printmaking.
He settled in Dallas, Texas in 1964, where he began experimenting
with some new acrylic mastics and paints. This led to his
patenting of a process for printing multiple edition works in
very heavy relief.
These "pochoir" relief prints soon constituted a major portion
of Maxwell's output. He continues to use silk screen and lithography
in his printmaking.
In 1983, however, he began to devote himself primarily to
painting and sculpture. Maxwell now introduces, only two new
editions of multiples per year, on avearge.
These editions are relatively small in number.
Maxwell's recent multiples have been mostly mixed-media wall
sculptures, which assimilate the pochoir printing techniques,
screen-printing and various constructivist techniques, on wood
or on canvas.
These mixed-media multiples are produced in editions of ten
(10) usually and each one is individually colored, which gives
each work a uniqueness uncharacteristic of most multiples.
On the occasion of going on-line with Maxwell's art, Culturati
is introducing one new edition of pochoir relief prints. Its title
"Triad" is printed in an edition of fifty (50) numbered pieces on
300 lbs. d'Arches 100% rag paper (28" x 22"). There are five (5)
artist's proofs and five (5) hors de commerce.