rick maxwell standing by his bent wood sculpture

Artist Statement

In the past 40 years, I've written many 'Artist Statements'. Some were insightful, some were intellectual, some were humorous and a few were even embarrassing. Now, after all this time, what it's come down to is exactly where it started. I enjoy being an artist because I enjoy the simple task of making the art. For me the process has always had a stronger allure than standing in front of the finished piece. I love the tools I work with, the materials I work in, and the empathy I experience as I move through the process. Simply said, "I'm an artist because I'm addicted to making art."

Biography | Exhibits | Collections


Chicago, Illinois, 1947


1971 - B.A. The University of Dallas, Irving, Texas

1975 - M.F.A. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas


2005 - Faculty Projects 14, The Forum Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2004 - Rick Maxwell: Recent Works, The Bridge Gallery, Mountainview College, Oak Cliff, Texas

2001 - 50 Bad Dogs, The Studio Gallery, Brookhaven College School of the Arts, Farmers Branch, Texas

1991 - Rick Maxwell Ladders, Eastfield College, Mesquite, Texas

1985 - Rick Maxwell New Works, Rubin/Mardin Gallery, Seattle, Washington

1982 - Constructed Paintings, D.W. Gallery, Dallas, Texas

1981 - Rick Maxwell, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas

1981 - Rick Maxwell, The Trickster, Grahm Gallery, Houston, Texas

1980 - Rick Maxwell, The Waco Art Center, Waco, Texas

1980 - Rick Maxwell Paintings and Drawings, D.W. Gallery, Dallas, Texas

1978 - Rick Maxwell Recent Work, Clifford Gallery, Dallas, Texas

1976 - Maxwell, Gallery 13, KERA-TV, Dallas, Texas


2014 - Art Couples, Bathhouse cultural Art Center, Dallas Texas

2013 - Dallas Morning News Lamar Street Arts and Music Festival, Dallas Texas

2010 - Maxwell, Newman, and Taylor Sculpture Photography and Painting Haggerty Gallery, The University of Dallas, Irving Texas

2009 - Brock/Maxwell Painting and Sculpture, Brock Galleries Dallas, Texas

2007 - Lisa Ehrich, Rick Maxwell, Ceramics/Sculpture, Eastern Oklahoma University, Ada, Oklahoma

2005 - Form, Fire and Fiction, Plano Art Center, Plano, Texas

2004 - Drawn For, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas

1998 - Art in the Metroplex, Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, Texas

1989 - AMST V, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas

1987 - Critic's Choice, Dallas Visual Art Center, Dallas, Texas

1987 - Five State Art Exhibit, Gallery of Port Arthur, Port Arthur, Texas

1982 - Fire, Houston Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Texas

1981 - The House As Image, Lawndale Annex, Houston, Texas

1980 - Inside Texas Borders, South Texas Artmobile, Corpus Christi, Texas

1979 - 12: An Invitational of Twelve Regional Artists, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

1978 - The Tree Show, D.W. Gallery, Dallas, Texas

1977 - The Southwest Tarrant County Annual, Ft. Worth, Modern Museum, Ft. Worth, Texas


Installation in Corporate Lobby

City of Dallas

Omni Corporation

Marriott Corporation

Shady Oaks Country Club

Atlantic Richfield Company, Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, California

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas

Southwestern Bell, Dallas, Texas

El Centro College, Dallas, Texas