Maxwell Snow is an American artist born in New York City. His parents, collectors Chris Snow and Taya Thurman, surrounded him and his siblings with artistic inspiration as children. Snow can remember being taken to Merce Cunningham performances, visiting Robert Rauschenberg’s studio and enjoying the work of Renaissance Masters on trips to Italy. As a collector, he began with photography, but has become increasingly interested in figurative painting and works that defy easy categorisation.
As an artist, Snow is known for his signature black-and-white photographs, which are intimate, melancholic and at times as uncomfortable as they are sublime. During Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Snow’s studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn, was flooded and he lost all of his photography equipment. From this setback, he was forced to press the reset button on his practice, switching gears from photography to silkscreens on canvas. Beauty, fantasy, mortality, Americana and the metaphysical are all recurring themes. His work has been exhibited internationally. He currently lives in Wyoming.
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