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"Train Jumpers"
By Norm "Nomzee" Maxwell
SIZE: 16" x 16"

LIMITED EDITION of 10 (signed giclée prints on archival rag)
Back in the days I would hop trains from G-Town to North Philly with my crew, the Bridge Boys. I've jumped from a speeding train three times and lived to tell about.
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"Prometheus Unbound" 2012-13
Oil on Canvas

Prometheus Unbound is in response to Paul Rubens' "Prometheus Bound", which hangs in the Renaissance Wing of the Philadelphia Museum. As a youth, I spent many weekends captivated by this piece for hours at a time. I didn't know much about the story of Prometheus at the time. It wasn't until I visited on a class trip that I had learned the tale of Prometheus. The teacher that gave the tour was a Symbolist painter. His passionate explanation of the piece greatly broadened my perception of the work. I discovered that there was a wealth of information hidden in plain sight waiting to be explored. The great works hanging on the wall were no longer flat, pretty pictures. They were alive with stories to tell and mysteries to reveal.
"Prometheus Bound" 1611-12
Oil on Canvas
Paul Rubens

In my response, it was very important to preserve the drama between Prometheus and the Eagle. The Eagle symbolizing the omnipotence and omnipresence of God from which man cannot escape. In Rubens' depiction Prometheus is bound in chains to the rock. My intention was to liberate Prometheus. I also chose to allow Prometheus to retain the torch. The correspondence between God and Man, Heaven and Earth are exemplified by Prometheus' act of giving fire (the light of knowledge) to man. It is the light of the unseen that shines within all of us. The light that gave birth to ingenuity and ultimately technology. As time has progressed, so has Man's knowledge. The myth of Prometheus brings into consideration many myths of the past from a variety of cultures and religions. From Adam and Eve to the Fallen Angels, to God dispersing of the children of Earth from Tower of Babel. The last reference is noteworthy in that, examining the progress of man and his technological achievements, the access to information, and the diminishing of language barriers, we've almost come full circle.

Here's an excerpt from Genesis to consider:

God came down to see what they did and said: "They are one people and have one language, and nothing will be withheld from them which they purpose to do." "Come, let us go down and confound their speech." And so God scattered them upon the face of the Earth, and confused their languages, so that they would not be able to return to each other, and they left off building the city, which was called Babel "because God there confounded the language of all the Earth".

The most significant line of this passage is, "nothing will be withheld from them which they purpose to do". Is this not the world we live in today? A world where scientist from around the globe collaborate regardless of language differences in a variety of scientific and technological endeavors. In many cases these advancements reveal disastrous consequences, not only impacting the environment and it's animal inhabitants, but human life as well. It's often unclear weather the benefits outweigh the risk of our advancements, yet we persist as if we must fulfill some page in a book of things that must be done.

It's very interesting to see how our present is reflected in myths of the past. Myths are not necessarily true, but there may be truth in them that is more allegorical in nature. What I find engaging is the common threads in myths from different cultures. It shows the persistence of stories over long periods of time and connects our present to a distant global village of the past. The myth of Prometheus has inspired me through the years and embodies a tale of the origin of human knowledge. It also shows the continuation of mans persistent will to evolve and reinvent himself despite all odds. It will be very exciting to see what the future will unfold.

Norm "Nomzee" Maxwell

LOS ANGELES (April 21, 2012) ---Rising Soul is the latest series of paintings by Los Angeles artist Norm Maxwell. The large monochromatic oils glow neon red, depicting dramatic scenes where the subjects seem to be captives of a turbulent dream world. Maxwell's social commentary draws inspiration from American patriotic works like, "Washington Crossing the Delaware" and "The Spirit of 76," to reinterpret current topics concerning American Society. Maxwell will unveil the rising soul series Saturday, April 21st at the Norm Maxwell Gallery, located in the Fairfax District.

Norm Maxwell is a native of Philadelphia, where he began his career as a young graffiti artist in 1979. During his studies at the Hussian School of Art, Maxwell merged urban street art with classical aesthetics. This evolved kaleidoscope of hues, textures and urban iconography have since taken on social issues with spiritual and religious undertones.

The Norm Maxwell Studio Gallery was founded in Los Angeles in 2007. Located in the Fairfax District, it has grown into a renowned workspace that draws collectors from around the world, while allowing Maxwell to exhibit worldwide.

Saturday, April 21 2012
Artist Reception 7-10PM

Norm Maxwell Studio Gallery
430 N. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, Ca 90036

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Recent Work

"Hi-Top Fade" is another throw-back to the glory daze of Hip-Hop. Dooky Dope Ropes and Suede Pumas,TI Sweat Suits and Hand Painted Lee Jeans & Jackets. What happened???

"Hi-Top Fade" 2009
Mixed Media on Wood Panel
29" x 49"

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Recent Work

This is one of my latest works entitled, "Git Yo A$$ Back in this House". This painting commemorates all those evenings I got caught tryin to slip out the house to write on walls. Mom was no joke. I eventually had to step up my game and upgrade to a rope ladder. After that I never got caught again. Sorry Mom. I guess I'm old enough to let you in on it now.

"Git Yo A$$ Back in this House" 2010
Acrylic on Canvas
34" x 48"
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