|Biography from Spruce Cove Gallery:|
|Born in Rhode Island and a product of the Rhode Island School of
Design, Maxwell Mays began his painting career seriously when he was
stationed in Recife, Brazil during World War II.|
discovered by an art collector from Colorado who was a U.S. Naval
Officer. They became friends and this resulted in his first shows,
which were at the Colorado Springs Museum and the Denver Art
Museum. Returning to peace time, not having set foot in New
England in five years, he saw the once familiar scenes in a new light
and painted enthusiastically.
Eighteen pictures made up his
first show at Ferargil Gallery in New York City. Fredric Newlin
Price, the director, had previously sponsored Grant Wood, Thomas Hart
Benton, Arthur B. Davis and Lauren Ford. His debut at the famous
57th Street was a sell-out.
Maxwell Mays tells stories in each
one of his paintings. He lives and paints in a carefully restored
Rhode Island farmhouse built in 1737. It is filled with his work
and artifacts that often appear in his pictures. His association
with Yankee, the New England Magazine, has brought to the
public a series of cover pictures adding greatly to his popularity as a
Maxwell Mays has used many different media
to create his images, including Pencil, Pen and Ink, Water Color,
Acrylic, Oil and Gouache.
He has created hundreds of original
paintings of historic scenes from around the world, but mostly
reflecting 19th & 20th century New England farming, business,
recreation, and family scenes that evoke a special type of nostalgia in
their storylike presentations.
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