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MIKE MAXWELL: COMPLICATED CONTRADICTIONS

Art in Santa Monica
Date(s): 07/02/2020 to 07/25/2020
Day(s): Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Time(s): Tues. to Sat. from 11:30 am – 6 pm
Address: bG Gallery, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave. Space A2. Santa Monica, CA 90404
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When: July 2nd - July 25th


Reception: Thursday, July 2nd from 7 pm to 10 pm.

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bG is pleased to present a solo exhibition by San Diego-based painter Maxwell. Maxwell was given full creative reign to integrate his recent works into an installation in the gallery. The result is an eclectic body of work with different clusters of themes coming together in an immersive installation, including murals on the gallery walls.



A long-awaited exhibit, this is the first major exhibition for Maxwell in 10 years. He has been highly respected in the art world underground since the late 1990s when he worked as an artist assistant for Shepard Fairey. His art came into popular culture awareness after he created the portrait logo for the popular Joe Rogan podcast. His own podcast, “Live Free Podcast,” was an artist-interviewing-artist platform that saw over 100 episodes over a five-year span and featured the likes of Mike Giant, Anthony Lister, Ed Templeton, and many other prominent painters and creative types from the scene. In 2011, he and Mike Giant were featured in an art film titled “Working Class,” created by Jeff Durkin of Bread Truck Films.



For over 20 years, Mike Maxwell has spent equal portions of time painting murals in the streets, drawing on train cars, and painting in his studio. His art is gritty yet mature, raw yet refined. His work is a mix of influence and experience from the street scene, to old school graphic techniques to old masters. Renaissance master, Albrecht Durer, as one of his primary influences.



Maxwell’s paintings are from the heart and void of any censorship or concern for mass affirmation. He is an unapologetic contrarian that is not afraid to speak his mind, which is evident in his body of work- a quality found in the purest of paintings. Whether shown here, anywhere else or not at all, these paintings would have been painted because painting for Maxwell is like air and water to the rest of us. This exhibition is merely a collection from the tap of Maxwell’s creativity and, in an effort to showcase his art in the purest light, bG has given full freedom to Maxwell and will take his lead in transforming the space into a one-of-a-kind exhibition.


Maxwell has an immersive experience planned and the exhibit, you can experience the installation in person during the run of the exhibit on July 2 - 25th.



The preview waiting list opens June 5th.


The gallery is open from Tues. to Sat. from 11:30 am - 6 pm at Bergamot Station, next door to the Bergamot Cafe



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