If I Don’t Create I Die
Medium: Watercolour, gouache, acrylic and pencil on paper
Size: 42cm(h) x 29.5(w)
Notes: A crease runs from the top to bottom of the piece. We think it adds character.
The symbolism in Maxwell’s art speaks of his challenging past, the fleeting beauty and fragility of the present, and the promise of a bright future.
During life challenges, Maxwell’s art was a coping mechanism and a form of salvation. “I drew to keep sane. It was a way to cope and a bit of a map for what I wanted to do next. When I was drawing, the vision wasn’t clear at first, and I felt like all the mess in my subconscious was pouring through, then I’d put aside what I was working on and realise the artistic release had got me through.”
Maxwell doesn’t view his journey as a negative one – more so a journey which has enriched his outlook on life and his creative vision. Today, Maxwell has turned a corner in his life and is well on the road to recovery. He is able to tell his story with more clarity; the figures he now draws are a part of him and have become more than just pictures on a piece of paper; they are fragments of himself, have walked the path that he has walked on, and live to tell a story of his past, present and future.
Read more about Maxwell here.
A3 (42 cm x 29.7cm), A4 (21cm x 29.7cm)