Every now and then a force emerges from the depths our collective subconscious; a force that gives voice, color, shape and substance to that which is normally silent, hidden and without form; save for brief appearances during states of revelry. The slow dancing flame of dreams. This force gives life to the perineal burning symbols forever branded on our DNA; a brand still searing and smoking even after millenia.
Norman Maxwell is that force. Brandishing a wide variety of weapons such as the healing balm of humor in his subject matter, the hot poker of sensuality in his use of form and color, the sword of truth to cut through the cruft of nonsense that passes for modern political dialog, and the cannon blast of love for his calling as evidenced by painstaking devotion to detail and craftmanship that he applies to his work. He snares you in his magical webs of color and light tableaus which snare you, spellbound, in their mythical and prophetic tales. Through them the viewer is reconnected to higher realms in a way that makes the labyrinth of their content accessible and downright whimsical yet still visceral and sublime.
NORM "NOMZEE" MAXWELL (born 1969)
is an American Contemoprary Artist living and working in Los Angeles. His work is a commentary on social issues concerning Politics, Religion, Mythology, Colonialism, Stereotypes, Popular and Urban Culture. Maxwell’s signature style references a broad range of genres, merging traditional techniques with his graffiti-esque aesthetic to create a rich and diverse visual langauge that is uniquely his own.
A native of Philadelphia, Maxwell began his career writing graffiti in the late 1970’s. He started painting on canvas under the tutelage of Symbolist Painter Virgil Sova in the mid 80’s. It was at this time that Maxwell began to merge traditional aesthetics with graffiti.
In 1989 Maxwell heads to Los Angeles to seek fortune and fame. He paints the Black Seeds Mural sponsored by the Social and Public arts Resource Center (SPARC) and the legendary Earth Crew Mural on Gold's Gym in Venice, California.
Maxwell was one of the first of the Bay Area's urban art inspired street-wear entrepreneurs by founding the San Francisco based Revolution Clothing, in 1993. His designs were globally distributed.
Norm Maxwell Media (Los Angeles) is a creative services studio established in 1997. Maxwell has contributed his talents as art director to many high profile commercials and music videos, including TLC’s groundbreaking No Scrubs music video, Janet Jackson, Black Eyed Peas, Revlon and L’Oreal.
Norm Maxwell Studio Gallery (West Los Angeles) was established in 2007 as a venue to create and collaborate with local artist and from abroad. NMSG quickly emerged as an international destination and became synonymous with the emerging creative culture of the Fairfax District. NMSG has afforded Maxwell the opportunity to participate in international art fairs and to procure collectors around the globe.