Paul Maxwell

Large Neutral Tonal Geometric Textured Modern Abstract Painting, 1970



Oil on Canvas


Modern large textured geometric abstract painting. Brown, white and black tonal textured gestural painting with hits of red within the gestural textured shapes. The work is signed by the artist and dated. The canvas is stretched over a wood back. The piece is framed in a thin silver frame.

Artist Biography

Paul Maxwell was born in Frost Prairie on September 17, 1925. When Maxwell was nine, the family moved to Bastrop, Louisiana, where he completed high school. Maxwell went on to graduate from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, in 1950 with a BA in art, followed by graduate work at Claremont College in California. Maxwell was a modern artist and sculptor who developed a technique for using stencils to create thickly textured and layered surfaces, as well as objects he patented as “stencil casting” but that later became known as “Maxwell Pochoir.” He was also known for creating the “Max Wall” in the West Atrium of the Dallas Apparel Mart; though demolished in 2006, it can be seen as a backdrop in the science-fiction movie Logan’s Run. His work is highly abstract and often consists of some kind of grid—a form that is non-hierarchical and illustrates a major theme of his work. Maxwell died on July 10, 2015.


H 37 in. x W 37 in. x D 1.5 in.