New Zealand’s grand master of abstract painting, Max Gimblett has developed an artistic ideology that encompasses elements of modernism, Eastern and Western spiritual beliefs, and Jungian psychology. His mixed aesthetic is perhaps most evident in his range of shaped canvases and use of precious metals. Max Gimblett has works in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Dr Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
About Max Gimblett
Upon a midlife crisis near age 50, New Zealand-based artist Max Gimblett moved from the nonreferential, hard-edged geometry of his early work to a new, defining frontier of his oeuvre. In an exit from the formalist paintings he created in the "Radical Painting" group in San Francisco, Gimblett began his best known work which he painted on canvases in a variety of unconventional shapes, most notably the four-petaled quatrefoil (a shape loaded with both Eastern and Western religious symbolism.) In object-based paintings, Gimblett uses materials such as silver and gold leaf and contemporary polymers like epoxy, plaster, and resin, ultimately achieving a surface likened to porcelain. He works quickly and gesturally, armed with an extensive variety of rollers, mops, and brushes. Gimblett is also known for his Japanese ink drawings, whose gestural calligraphy informs his larger, abstract paintings.
New Zealander, b. 1935, Auckland, New Zealand, based in New York and Auckland