I'm not sure how many of you read Time Magazine on a regular basis, personally my reading of it is usually limited to my times spent in Dr's offices. However this week's issue is worth picking up. In it's Man of The Year issue, in collaboration with Flickr, Time printed 14 pages of Obama inspired images. It's pretty cool to look through and read the inspiration behind the pics. I got the warm fuzzies, for sure. The above image is by San Diego based artist Mike Maxwell and was included in the issue.
Self-taught, Mike is known for his blue-gray hues in many of his paintings, a deliberate process to negate race. His work has a twist of color, often taking the form of laser/prismatic beams. His work is beautiful and rugged. He translates a time gone by beautifully. I love his "Live Free" reference in his painting The Decline of Simple Living, so well put and perfectly placed.
Mike has a lot coming up this year. Many, many shows...some to mention are "Under the Influence" at Gallery 1988, a group show at Sanctuary 143, and two solo shows coming up at San Francisco's The Shooting Gallery and M Modern Gallery in Palm Springs. See more of his work on his flickr page.