A most interesting Mid-Century multiple: a "cast stencil", three dimensional print featuring a grid pattern of roughly rectangular shapes, signed at lower right in pencil and numbered 10/75 in pencil at lower left by noted Arkansas-associated artist PAUL MAXWELL (1925-2015). This is a typical image by the artist and sculptor. The online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture provides considerable detail about Maxwell's life and art, and much of the following information comes from that site. After graduation from Principia College in Illinois in 1950, he completed graduate work at Claremont College in Southern California. Maxwell's first show was in Stockton, California and shortly thereafter his work was shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art alongside works of Picasso and Miro. In the second half of the 1950's decade he taught at the Houston Museum of Art and at the University of Houston. Maxwell had a one man exhibit at the 1964 World's Fair in New York and from that point on his work was seen all over the US and internationally as well. From the late 60's through the 1980's he worked in Texas and Oklahoma, creating large-scale works for public places like airports and office building public spaces. Maxwell is known for developing stencils to create thickly textured and layered surfaces as objects; he patented this process, calling it "stencil casting"; some call it "Maxwell pochoir". An unusually interesting and dynamic website summarizes his life and work and protects his artistic legacy. This unframed work measures 22 1/2" by 29 1/2"; it is affixed to a larger board, but is not framed.
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