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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. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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