Discipline: Visual Art – painting

Max Galyon

Discipline: Visual Art – painting
Region: Vancouver BC, CANADA
MacDowell fellowships: 2020

Max Galyon was born in Boston, MA in 1983. During high school he was awarded a key for art making by The Boston Globe. He attended The Cooper Union and graduated in 2006. While living in New York he devoted himself to his work and creative community. Showing in various contexts in the U.S., France, and Portugal he often found the nature of the art world disappointing, but his love for the work deepened. His language culled various influences: pop tumbleweeds, vernacular arthritis, art history thumb-wars, stubbornness, and personal myth making. In 2008 he had a large exhibition called Hi Vis at Jaqueline Humphries Project in Brooklyn. He curated performances for the opening and was written up in BOMB Magazine. After this show he continued to develop a community centered around artist-run spaces. After a move to Vancouver, BC he opened a gallery in his fireplace, and in collaboration with his wife began exhibiting artists from all around the world. He now lives and works in Colorado where he is pushing his work forward, searching for a new location for his transient gallery, and growing his family. He has written for BOMB Magazine, and created a Bill Callahan music video among many other projects. While at MacDowell he experimented with oil painting as well as a drawing and a wood-carving practice. He created 26 small, mostly abstract, paintings and three larger works. He made drawings that combined his hand with images he found in the world and photographs he took while walking in the woods at MacDowell. He also carved an entire painting crate with images he plans on taking into larger sculptural works.



Max Galyon worked in the Alexander studio.

Originally designed to be a visual art gallery, this facility was built in memory of the late John White Alexander and funded by Elizabeth Alexander and their son James. John White Alexander is highly regarded as a portrait painter and, in the early part of the 20th century, served on…

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