Ellen Charapko Gallery



Born in Miami, Florida, Maxwell Britton studied at New World School of the Arts and earned a BFA from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. His artwork has been exhibited in shows across the United States, including Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and Miami.

Reviews of his work have been published in The Detroit News, Detroit Monthly Magazine, Ann Arbor News, Spirit Magazine and the Detroit Metro Times. Most recently he was featured on HBO’s television series Six Feet Under website.

In 2003, he began to rent his original art to major motion picture studios such as Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Touchstone, NBC, ABC and HBO. His work continues to be viewed by millions internationally.

In June 2005, Maxwell was shown in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Art Rental & Sales Gallery group show. In December 2005, Maxwell was a part of Art Basel Miami Beach at The Yard @CasaLin and Gallery Laure De Mazieres. Maxwell is currently exhibiting at the Ellen Charapko Gallery in Wilton Manors, Florida. May 2006, he had a collaboration show with Michael Loveland at the Fredric Snitzner Gallery in Miami's Wynwood District.



My paintings are a pragmatic record of wandering created to evoke a sense of adventure and exploration. Landscapes, structures and paths on desert expeditions capture my interest.

Time has left its mark on natural and man-made structures in the desert; I collect this imagery. Imparted with a subjective ability to observe things commonly overlooked, I use this imagery as part of the source material in my paintings.

I layer color stripes and/or partial structures in the foreground - boundaries that create an entrance for the viewer to access my setting. Upon entrance, the viewer will find a complete or partial structure to explore. Common objects are renewed as visual symbols in my work; they become part of my personal vocabulary that in time the viewer will be able to define. Sometimes I use text to include the viewer in my personal thoughts and sense of humor. My future work will investigate the added concepts of paths and trails.