Newzones is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Don Maynard, following the success of his solo exhibit “Franken Forest” at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, that will be traveling to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in May 2011.
“Conditional Atmospheres” brings together large encaustic paintings and works on paper that present a series of propositional
environments. Snow, rain, waves, clouds, thunderheads, wind – these changing systems are represented through minimal and
gestural, yet graphic marks. The layering of pigments, oil, and wax, in conjunction with additive and subtractive processes,
creates sculptural and organic elements within the paintings and works on paper.
Maynard is interested in the psychological and physiological reactions to weather. Without often realizing it, we may closely
align our physiological states to various weather conditions. Reflecting this concept, through a gestural and evocative interpretation
of different atmospheric conditions, Maynard also creates an open-ended metaphor of various emotional states
Maynard’s painting is a rich exploration of markings and gestures. His paintings become carefully built up surfaces - layer
upon layer of texture - revealing subtle traces of symbols and graphic iconography. Various traditional and industrial
materials create his highly textured surfaces.
Maynard has exhibited across Canada, and the United States Since 1990. His work is in the collection of The Department of
Foreign Affairs, University of Toronto and the Canada Council Art Bank. He was the subject of a half hour segment of “
Adrienne Clarkson Presents” produced by the CBC in 1998. Maynard has been featured in articles by many publications such
as Canadian Art Magazine and the Globe and Mail.