In Santa Monica…bG Gallery (2525 Michigan Ave., A2, 90404) throws an art party for a solo exhibition by San Diego-based painter Mike Maxwell on Saturday, July 2, 2020 from 7 to 10pm. Maxwell was given full creative reign to integrate his recent works into an installation in the gallery. The result is an eclectic body of work with different clusters of themes coming together in an immersive installation, including murals on the gallery walls.
Mike Maxwell has been a fixture in the art world underground since the late 1990s when he worked as an artist assistant for Shepard Fairey. His art came into popular culture awareness after he created the portrait logo for the popular Joe Rogan podcast. His own podcast, “Live Free Podcast,” was an artist-interviewing-artist platform that saw over 100 episodes over a five-year span and featured the likes of Mike Giant, Anthony Lister, Ed Templeton, and many other prominent painters and creative types from the scene. In 2011, he and Mike Giant were featured in an art film titled “Working Class,” created by Jeff Durkin of Bread Truck Films.
For over twenty years, the artist has spent equal portions of time painting murals in the streets, drawing on train cars, and painting in his studio. His art is gritty yet mature, raw yet refined. His work is a mix of influence and experience from the street scene, to old school graphic techniques to old masters. Renaissance master, Albrecht Durer, as one of his primary influences. This is the first major exhibition for Maxwell in ten years and is a long-awaited exhibit by a highly respected artist in the scene.
On view: July 2 – July 25, 2020; The gallery is open from Tues. to Sat. from 11:30 am – 6 pm at Bergamot Station, next door to the Bergamot Cafe
What: Opening reception
Where: bG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., A2, Santa Monica, 90404
When: Saturday, July 2, 2020; 7:00pm – 10:00pm