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Heavy and Textural: Art by David Maxim

A painting made by dragging string through acrylic paintsString Drag, acrylic

San Francisco-based artist David Maxim creates works that straddle the line between paintings and sculpture, often combining elements from both disciplines. David’s works are heavy and textural in aesthetic.


A painting made by dragging string through acrylic pigmentsString Painting #7, acrylic


I’m enjoying looking through David’s portfolio at his recent series of String Paintings. Each rectangular substrate appears to have been marked by a paint-covered string, either pressed into existing pigment, or pulled across a blank surface to create striking wave-form markings. The resulting abstract works feature a wide ranging color palette, with playful, curved lines creating a sense of movement that draws the eye across the surface. I also appreciate David’s choice to frame each work in a sort of wire fence-like construction – adding his signature sculptural touch while reinforcing the nature of his painting process.

A screen capture of David Maxim's art


David’s series of Moments is also fascinating, and quietly beautiful. Each set of small paintings relates to itself in a mimicry of fragmented memories and hints of emotion, using mostly abstracted compositions and planes of pure color. 


A triptych made with small abstract panels fitted togetherMoment #54, oil, acrylic, and hinge on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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