“Abstract painting is one of the purest forms of painting. The primary element is color. . .how color can twist at your most inner being, about the certain kind of miracle that happens when one color lies next to or over another and becomes magical. It’s about line, soft, timid, hard, submerged, leading you, constraining you. It’s about the element of shape and texture, about the caress of brush against canvas.” – Max Hammond
We are honored to start the New Year with an inspired new exhibition from renowned abstract artist Max Hammond. His work is widely collected, and appears in the permanent collections of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Finova Corp., the City of Scottsdale, and the City of Mesa among others. Hammond is best known for his vibrant nonfigurative style that weaves in and out of abstraction, sometimes almost recognizable, then blurring to pure color, form and texture. He is a longstanding contributor to the Contemporary Art Forum Auction which supports the Phoenix Art Museum, encouraging art within the community. Originally from Utah, Hammond came to Arizona to complete his Masters of Fine Art from ASU. He has won numerous accolades throughout the years including the Nathan Cummings Travel grant and is currently nominated for the Contemporary Forum Artist Appreciation award.
This year Max Hammond has drawn inspiration from his background in formal figurative painting from the University of Utah. His latest collection combines his talent for representing forms, manipulated by his eye for color and his passion for abstraction. “The Dream Carrier: Max Hammond” will open at Bonner David Galleries on January 2, 2010. We are so excited about this new collection that we just had to get the full story from Max himself. Here is what he had to tell us about his latest work:
BDG: What has inspired you to incorporate figures into your paintings?
Max: Recently, I began doing some drawing with some artist friends of mine and it renewed my interest in it.
BDG: Is this something you have always wanted to do?
Max: I used to work with figures a lot while doing my undergrad and did not really think about it until recently.
BDG: Will your upcoming show focus on cityscapes as well as the figures?
Max: The upcoming show will feature figurative paintings, landscapes and cityscapes. However the landscapes are more abstract than the figure pieces, to the point that they are barely recognizable.
BDG: Many of the pieces in the new collection feature cooler tones. Is this a theme throughout the exhibit?
Max: Yes. I wasn’t paying attention, but the palette ended up being that way. I guess I should get out some reds. These paintings are very intuitive, and subconscious. My paintings are not calculated. I don’t really think about what I am painting until I am doing it.
BDG: What kind of scenes do you like to paint when working with figurative paintings? Are they a specific moment that is reminiscent of an actual occurrence, or are they imaginary, or just everyday scenes?
Max: The scenes are from everyday life. The figures, for the most part, are my wife and sister. They are performing simple, quiet tasks like sitting on a stool, or picking up rocks out of water; activities with very little motion.
The opening reception for “The Dream Carrier: Max Hammond” will be held at Bonner David Galleries (Map) on January 2, 2010 from 1-5pm. If you are in the area we hope you stop by to experience this stunning new collection in person.
To read his full bio and view a complete collection of his work please click here (Max Hammond at Bonner David Galleries).
If you would like to receive more information about Max Hammond or to obtain a preview of the upcoming collection please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 480.941. 8500