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  • Jane Maxwell

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Boston, 1964

EDUCATION
B.A., Middlebury College
Museum of Fine Art School
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
Montserrat College, Beverly, MA

ARTIST STATEMENT

Jane Maxwell is a collage and mixed media artist based in Boston. Maxwell’s mixed media collage explores America’s cultural obsession with beauty and body image. Trim, fashion-forward silhouettes serve as central icons in work that both illuminates and deconstructs the feminine ideal. Figures are stripped of fashion & makeup -- and built up from layers of found and vintage papers that have been sanded, scraped and resurfaced. Aged movie posters, produce crate labels, advertising signs and related materials, compose the colors, patterns and text that surround and become figures. 

Maxwell's artistic voice grew out of a passion for vintage materials, modern fashion and design - mingled with a deep fascination for pop culture and female icons. The issues of body image and perfectionism that pervade her work, have been informed by her own experiences, ambivalence and frustration, chasing the elusive myth of beauty.

Each work of art is the result of many hours of labor - of layering, sanding, building up and peeling back, incorporating an original technique that combines overlapping imagery with melted beeswax. The works are then finished with several coats of high gloss resin, vividly bringing to life the vintage materials beneath the modern surface.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
Lanoue Gallery, Role Models [Solo Show] Boston, MA

Whitewall Contemporary, Female, Delray, FL
Joanne Artman Gallery, Contemporary Consciousness, New York, NY

2016
Caldwell Snyder Gallery [Solo Show], San Francisco, CA
Context Art Miami, Caldwell Snyder Booth
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA, Artist Demonstration
Joanne Artman Gallery ‘Pared Down Synchronicity’, Jane Maxwell & Matt Devine, Laguna Beach, CA
Joanne Artman Gallery [Solo Show], “Not So Plain Jane”, New York, NY
Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA
Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

2015
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Booth
Gilman Contemporary [Solo Show], Sun Valley, ID

2014
Art SiliconValley, San Francisco, CA
Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA
Campton Gallery [Solo Show], New York, NY

2013
Lanoue Fine Art [Solo Show], Boston, MA
Caldwell Snyder Gallery [Solo Show], St. Helena, CA
Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
Joanne Artman Gallery Laguna Beach, CA
Art Houston

2012
Campton Gallery [Solo Show], New York, NY
Brown University List Art Center, Providence, RI
artMARKET San Francisco
Gilman Contemporary [Solo Show], Ketchum, ID

2011
Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA
Campton Gallery [Solo Show], New York, NY
San Francisco Art Fair
Madison Gallery, ‘Females on Figures’, La Jolla, CA
Gilman Contemporary, Sun Valley, ID

2010
Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA 
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
Victorine Contemporary, Newport, RI 
Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum, ID 
Art Aspen, Aspen Ice Garden

2009
Campton Gallery, New York, NY
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Reign Gallery, Newport, RI

2008
Campton Gallery, New York, NY
Hubert Gallery, New York, NY

2007
"S, M, L, XL", New England Art Institute Gallery, Brookline, MA

2006
Oylan Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Carney Gallery, Weston, MA

2004 
Mario Russo Salon, Louis Boston, Boston, MA, 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2009
Go Figure, Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA
Mauger Modern Art, Art London: London, UK
Red Dot Miami, Miami, FL
Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, CA LA Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA

2008
Galerie Geraldine, Zberro, Paris

2007 Hiedi Cho Gallery, New York, NY

2006 "Made in America", Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA
"Serious Fun: Whimsicle Art by Fine Artists", Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA
"Her Mark", Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Small Works National Juried Art Exhibition", Attleboro Arts Museum, Juror's Choic Award, Attleboro, MA
"Fiber and the Book Artist", Fiber Art Center, Amherst, MA
"Blue", Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA

2005
"Director's Choice", Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
"Communicating Through Collage", Cushing-Martin Gallery, Stonehill, MA

2004
"Icons and Alters", New Art Center, Newton, MA
"Women Spring into Life", BAAK Gallery, Cambridge, MA

2003
"Inner Selections", DK Project Art, Boston, MA
"Icons and Alters", New Art Center, Newton, MA

2002
Holzwasser Gallery, Newton, MA
"Persona",The Somerville Museum, Somerville, MA
"Hot Colors", Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
"Icons and Alters", New Art Center, Newton, MA

2001 "Face to Face",The Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY
"Red", Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA

2000
"Rhymes & Rhythms", ArtWorks!, New Bedford, MA
"International Show", Period Art Gallery, Omaha, NE
"Annual Juried Show", Newburyport Art Association, Mixed Media Prize, Newburyport, MA