Maxwell Stevens

United States  • 1971

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Maxwell Stevens is an American artist born in 1971 who lives and works in New York, USA. He received an MFA in Painting from the School of Art at Washington University in Saint Louis in 1995, and a BFA in Painting from The Atlanta College of Art, now SCAD Atlanta in 1993. He is best known for his multi-layered paintings and drawings that overlay photorealistic images with vivid, energized abstractions. Shortly after moving to New York City, after many years of working exclusively in non-representational abstraction, Maxwell Stevens embarked on a significant stylistic shift in his approach to his art. He began composing his canvases with recognizable imagery, incorporating photorealist figures and lifelike scenes into his works, and then abruptly superposing these paintings directly with tumultuous abstractions. This new period is clearly identifiable by large abstract painted gestures superimposed directly on top of photorealist paintings that have become increasingly descriptive, with each series correlating the seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, around a deeply personal and often autobiographical theme. In an essay entitled Maxwell Stevens: Thesis, Antithesis & Synthesis, NYArts Magazine observed “These vivid gestures of thick impasto grow invariably in an upwards motion as abrupt expressions that reach the viewer with immediate emotional charge and the space far beyond the canvas.” By dramatically increasing the surface tension of the canvases, from the chaotic clouds of brushstrokes that remain individually visible underneath, to the bowlike tension of a unified flat and hard mirror surface, the artist makes them most accessible to the viewer. Writing for Meer Magazine, Art Critic Alejandro Pardo described the paintings this way, “The surface you see becomes both the frontier that separates and the gate that opens and integrates the outer and inner spaces.” The possibilities with his newly invented approach has allowed him to introduce a wide variety of content and narrative situations into what at first glance often appears as a purely abstract picture, opening up to new subject matter while raising important questions about the very nature of representation, perception, and pattern recognition, constantly questioning and pushing the limits of painting as a form. Often working with everyday scenes drawn directly from life, the artist has said “I’m interested in the domestic arena as the primary site for our psychological and emotional experiences, and in how we exist differently, historically, within each passing moment. I try to use abstraction and the fragmentation of representational imagery to evoke this.” Exploring an array of subjects over the years, his pictures address many of the shared aspects of the human condition. Maxwell Stevens has exhibited extensively and internationally in contemporary venues from Tokyo to Dallas to New York, alongside major artists such as Cy Twombly, Joseph Beuys, and Dorothea Rockburne. His paintings and projects have been featured in numerous publications including Art in America, NY Arts Magazine, Meer Magazine, The Museum of Modern Art Contemporary Drawing and Print Associates Bulletin, Fine Art Connoisseur, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Art Papers, among many others.


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Print, Last Days of Summer 2, Maxwell Stevens

Last Days of Summer 2

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 57 x 75 x 0.05 cm Print - 22.4 x 29.5 x 0 inch

$1,357

Painting, Soft Focus Beach Scene (Fourth of July), Maxwell Stevens

Soft Focus Beach Scene (Fourth of July)

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 58.5 x 58.5 x 2.5 cm Painting - 23 x 23 x 1 inch

$5,656

Print, Last Days of Summer 3, Maxwell Stevens

Last Days of Summer 3

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 57 x 75 x 0.05 cm Print - 22.4 x 29.5 x 0 inch

$1,357

Print, Beach Scene, In Repose, Maxwell Stevens

Beach Scene, In Repose

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 57 x 71 x 0.05 cm Print - 22.4 x 28 x 0 inch

$1,357

Print, Beach Girls (Friends), Maxwell Stevens

Beach Girls (Friends)

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 57 x 77.5 x 0.05 cm Print - 22.4 x 30.5 x 0 inch

$1,357

Print, Last Days of Summer 1, Maxwell Stevens

Last Days of Summer 1

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 57 x 75 x 0.05 cm Print - 22.4 x 29.5 x 0 inch

$1,357

Print, Wading Nude, Maxwell Stevens

Wading Nude

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 57 x 44.5 x 0.05 cm Print - 22.4 x 17.5 x 0 inch

$1,357

Print, Beach Girls, Maxwell Stevens

Beach Girls

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 57 x 72.5 x 0.05 cm Print - 22.4 x 28.5 x 0 inch

$1,357

Print, Beach Scene (Siblings), Maxwell Stevens

Beach Scene (Siblings)

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 57 x 63.5 x 0.05 cm Print - 22.4 x 25 x 0 inch

$1,357

Painting, Beach Scene Abstraction, Maxwell Stevens

Beach Scene Abstraction

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 105 x 131 x 5.5 cm Painting - 41.3 x 51.6 x 2.2 inch

$11,312

Print, Bikini Girl, Maxwell Stevens

Bikini Girl

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 57 x 43 x 0.05 cm Print - 22.4 x 16.9 x 0 inch

$1,357

Painting, Beach Scene (Siblings), Maxwell Stevens

Beach Scene (Siblings)

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 183 x 203.2 x 5.75 cm Painting - 72 x 80 x 2.3 inch

$31,674

Painting, Emerald Waters, Maxwell Stevens

Emerald Waters

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 51 x 68.5 x 2.5 cm Painting - 20.1 x 27 x 1 inch

$6,787

Painting, Beach Girls, Maxwell Stevens

Beach Girls

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 105 x 131 x 5.5 cm Painting - 41.3 x 51.6 x 2.2 inch

$16,968

Painting, Beach Scene, In Repose, Maxwell Stevens

Beach Scene, In Repose

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 130 x 160 x 5.5 cm Painting - 51.2 x 63 x 2.2 inch

$16,968

Painting, Bikini Girl, Maxwell Stevens

Bikini Girl

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 183 x 135 x 5.5 cm Painting - 72 x 53.1 x 2.2 inch

$20,362

Painting, Beach Girls (Friends), Maxwell Stevens

Beach Girls (Friends)

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 135 x 183 x 5.5 cm Painting - 53.1 x 72 x 2.2 inch

$16,968

Painting, Last Days of Summer 2, Maxwell Stevens

Last Days of Summer 2

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 51 x 68.5 x 2.5 cm Painting - 20.1 x 27 x 1 inch

$6,787

Painting, Last Days of Summer 3, Maxwell Stevens

Last Days of Summer 3

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 51 x 68.5 x 2.5 cm Painting - 20.1 x 27 x 1 inch

$6,787

Print, Autumn Leaves 4, Maxwell Stevens

Autumn Leaves 4

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 47.5 x 62.2 x 0.3 cm Print - 18.7 x 24.5 x 0.1 inch

$1,357

Print, Autumn Leaves 3, Maxwell Stevens

Autumn Leaves 3

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 47.5 x 62.2 x 0.3 cm Print - 18.7 x 24.5 x 0.1 inch

$1,357

Print, Autumn Leaves 2, Maxwell Stevens

Autumn Leaves 2

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 47.5 x 62.2 x 0.3 cm Print - 18.7 x 24.5 x 0.1 inch

$1,357

Print, Autumn Leaves 1, Maxwell Stevens

Autumn Leaves 1

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 47.5 x 62.2 x 0.3 cm Print - 18.7 x 24.5 x 0.1 inch

$1,357

Print, Autumn Leaves, Rehearsal at Bethesda Fountain, Maxwell Stevens

Autumn Leaves, Rehearsal at Bethesda Fountain

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 48.2 x 62.2 x 0.3 cm Print - 19 x 24.5 x 0.1 inch

$1,357

Painting, Autumn Leaves Abstraction 3, Maxwell Stevens

Autumn Leaves Abstraction 3

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 16.1 x 30.5 x 0.6 cm Painting - 6.3 x 12 x 0.2 inch

$905

Painting, Autumn Leaves Abstraction 2, Maxwell Stevens

Autumn Leaves Abstraction 2

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 16.1 x 30.5 x 0.6 cm Painting - 6.3 x 12 x 0.2 inch

$905

Painting, Autumn Leaves Abstraction 1, Maxwell Stevens

Autumn Leaves Abstraction 1

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 16.1 x 30.5 x 0.6 cm Painting - 6.3 x 12 x 0.2 inch

$905

Print, Shannon in Profile, Maxwell Stevens

Shannon in Profile

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 25 x 35 x 1.2 cm Print - 9.8 x 13.8 x 0.5 inch

$1,640

Print, Evening (second version), Maxwell Stevens

Evening (second version)

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 48 x 62 x 1.2 cm Print - 18.9 x 24.4 x 0.5 inch

$1,640

Print, Evening, Maxwell Stevens

Evening

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 48 x 62 x 1.2 cm Print - 18.9 x 24.4 x 0.5 inch

$1,640

Painting, Shannon in Profile, Maxwell Stevens

Shannon in Profile

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 14 x 21.2 x 1.5 cm Painting - 5.5 x 8.3 x 0.6 inch

$2,036

Print, Autumn Leaves 4, Maxwell Stevens

Autumn Leaves 4

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 48 x 62 x 1.2 cm Print - 18.9 x 24.4 x 0.5 inch

$1,640

Print, Autumn Leaves 3, Maxwell Stevens

Autumn Leaves 3

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 48 x 62 x 1.2 cm Print - 18.9 x 24.4 x 0.5 inch

$1,640

Print, Autumn Leaves 2, Maxwell Stevens

Autumn Leaves 2

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 48 x 62 x 1.2 cm Print - 18.9 x 24.4 x 0.5 inch

$1,640

Print, Autumn Leaves 1, Maxwell Stevens

Autumn Leaves 1

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 48 x 62 x 1.2 cm Print - 18.9 x 24.4 x 0.5 inch

$1,640

Print, Autumn Leaves, Rehearsal at Bethesda Fountain, Maxwell Stevens

Autumn Leaves, Rehearsal at Bethesda Fountain

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 48 x 62 x 1.2 cm Print - 18.9 x 24.4 x 0.5 inch

$1,640

Print, Blue Dancer, Maxwell Stevens

Blue Dancer

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 57 x 47 x 1.2 cm Print - 22.4 x 18.5 x 0.5 inch

$1,640

Print, Drum Circle, Central Park, Maxwell Stevens

Drum Circle, Central Park

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 57 x 47 x 1.2 cm Print - 22.4 x 18.5 x 0.5 inch

$1,640

Print, Two Musicians, Central Park, Maxwell Stevens

Two Musicians, Central Park

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 57 x 47 x 1.2 cm Print - 22.4 x 18.5 x 0.5 inch

$1,640

Print, Blue Dancer, Maxwell Stevens

Blue Dancer

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 57 x 47 x 0.3 cm Print - 22.4 x 18.5 x 0.1 inch

$1,357

Print, Drum Circle, Central Park, Maxwell Stevens

Drum Circle, Central Park

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 57 x 47 x 0.3 cm Print - 22.4 x 18.5 x 0.1 inch

$1,357

Print, Two Musicians, Central Park, Maxwell Stevens

Two Musicians, Central Park

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 57 x 47 x 0.3 cm Print - 22.4 x 18.5 x 0.1 inch

$1,357

Painting, Soft Focus Male Nude 1, Maxwell Stevens

Soft Focus Male Nude 1

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 131 x 105 x 5.5 cm Painting - 51.6 x 41.3 x 2.2 inch

$18,099

Painting, Thin Space, Sewing, Maxwell Stevens

Thin Space, Sewing

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 41 x 30.5 x 2.1 cm Painting - 16.1 x 12 x 0.8 inch

$6,787

Print, Reclining, Maxwell Stevens

Reclining

Maxwell Stevens

Print - 48 x 62 x 1.2 cm Print - 18.9 x 24.4 x 0.5 inch

$1,640

Painting, Evening, Maxwell Stevens

Evening

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 30.5 x 41 x 2.1 cm Painting - 12 x 16.1 x 0.8 inch

$11,312

Painting, Melancholy Eve 3, Maxwell Stevens

Melancholy Eve 3

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 39 x 54 x 4.5 cm Painting - 15.4 x 21.3 x 1.8 inch

$10,181

Painting, Melancholy Eve 2, Maxwell Stevens

Melancholy Eve 2

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 39 x 54 x 4.5 cm Painting - 15.4 x 21.3 x 1.8 inch

$10,181

Painting, Reflecting, Maxwell Stevens

Reflecting

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 194 x 112 x 2 cm Painting - 76.4 x 44.1 x 0.8 inch

$33,936

Painting, Melancholy Eve 1, Maxwell Stevens

Melancholy Eve 1

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 39 x 54 x 4.5 cm Painting - 15.4 x 21.3 x 1.8 inch

$10,181

Painting, Sewing 3, Maxwell Stevens

Sewing 3

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 52.5 x 35 x 4.5 cm Painting - 20.7 x 13.8 x 1.8 inch

$7,918

Painting, Autumn Leaves, Rehearsal at Bethesda Fountain, Maxwell Stevens

Autumn Leaves, Rehearsal at Bethesda Fountain

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 183 x 244 x 5.2 cm Painting - 72 x 96.1 x 2 inch

$81,446

Painting, Two Musicians, Central Park, Maxwell Stevens

Two Musicians, Central Park

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 160 x 130 x 5.5 cm Painting - 63 x 51.2 x 2.2 inch

$33,936

Painting, Autumn Leaves 4, Maxwell Stevens

Autumn Leaves 4

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 46 x 62 x 2.5 cm Painting - 18.1 x 24.4 x 1 inch

$13,574

Painting, Autumn Leaves 3, Maxwell Stevens

Autumn Leaves 3

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 46 x 62 x 2.5 cm Painting - 18.1 x 24.4 x 1 inch

$13,574

Painting, Autumn Leaves 1, Maxwell Stevens

Autumn Leaves 1

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 46 x 62 x 2.5 cm Painting - 18.1 x 24.4 x 1 inch

$13,574

Painting, Thin Space, Spring Essence, Maxwell Stevens

Thin Space, Spring Essence

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 58 x 58 x 2.5 cm Painting - 22.8 x 22.8 x 1 inch

$6,787

Painting, Soft Focus Male Nude 2, Maxwell Stevens

Soft Focus Male Nude 2

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 131 x 105 x 5.5 cm Painting - 51.6 x 41.3 x 2.2 inch

$18,099

Painting, Evening 2, Maxwell Stevens

Evening 2

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 30.5 x 41 x 2.1 cm Painting - 12 x 16.1 x 0.8 inch

$11,312

Painting, Blue Dancer, Maxwell Stevens

Blue Dancer

Maxwell Stevens

Painting - 183 x 135 x 5.5 cm Painting - 72 x 53.1 x 2.2 inch

$33,936

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When was Maxwell Stevens born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1971