One is tempted to eulogise about John Maxwell-Steele's paintings without end, but essentially these are the artist's emotive response to landscape, his poetry, if you like, through which he attempts to trigger a response in the viewer, to share in his passion. The beauty here is that the viewer is free to interpret the paintings themselves.
It is also tempting to search for infuences or to bracket his work into a category - is it impressionism, abstraction, aftern all it is non-representational, or some other 'ism'? For the most part these paintings are linear in structure which allows great scope for an artist.
John Maxwell-Steele was born in Birmingham in the sixties and first studied Visual Communications at Solihull College of Art in the early eighties. In 2002 he completed a post-graduate Fine Art degree at Birmingham University.
The artist explains, "The landscape is my subject - mostly places I know well and visit over and over again - certain areas of coast or moorland. My aim is to convey my feelings and a sense of awareness of time passing in that particular environment. My paintings focus on the territory between the intensely substantial and the capriciousness of dream-state. The resulting work fossilises gossamer light layers of time into a richly sedimented emotional landscape."