A superb control of lighting and nitty-gritty, realistic, unromantic detail distinguishes a show of oil self-portraits done by David W. Maxwell “during the approach to my fortieth birthday” at Individual Artists of Oklahoma.
“This Moment” is the title of the exhibit of 13 large oil canvases by the Oklahoma City artist, who is a faculty member at the University of Central Oklahoma, received his masters at the University of Dallas and studied in Florence, Italy.
Even Maxwell's most straight oil self-portraits have an extra edge that makes them unconventional, such as the one in which he has a worried look, his bearded and mustachioed faced flooded with light, “Before the Storm.”
A doubled-up fist and hand, holding his clean-shaven chin, and an intent sideways look, give him a more thoughtful, possibly secretive expression, in “Everyone Has a Story.”
Other works seem to take the artist through a typical day, from an oil of him stretching, standing in front of a mirror, wearing striped blue shorts or pajamas, at “6 a.m.,” to one of him sitting beside a lamp, holding a cellphone, at “9 p.m.”
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