Interplanetary Thought Transfers, December 11, 2014 - January 5, 2015
Collaboration with Peter Gaucys
Sugarpill. Seattle, WA.

Barry Maxwell × Meredith Wendell, Fall 2014
Commission – Handbag series collaboration.
Meredith Wendell. New York, NY.

Confiscape, March 8 - April 12, 2014
Circa Gallery. Minneapolis, MN.


Santa Claws, December 1, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Sugarpill. Seattle, WA.

Summer Salon, July 27 - August 31, 2013
Circa Gallery. Minneapolis, MN.


Soil Art Auction, October 26, 2013
Soil Gallery. Seattle, WA.


Seattle Design Center, Sept 15 - Nov 15, 2010
Catherine Person Gallery featured at SDC.
Seattle Design Center. Seattle, Wa.

Featured Artist, Sept 1 - Oct 1, 2010
Seattle Art Museum Sales Gallery
Seattle Tower Building. Seattle, Wa.


Winter Group Exhibition, Dec 05, 2009 - Jan 29, 2010
Circa Gallery. Minneapolis, MN.

High Line, April 2 - May 16, 2009.
Catherine Person Gallery. Seattle, Wa.


Hybrid, Dec 8, 2008 - Jan 14, 2009.
Center on Contemporary Art 2008 Annual
CoCA. Seattle, Wa. Juror: Riko Nakasone


* Solo exhibition -   Flourish, June 4 - June 29, 2007.
Works on paper, digital video and digital photography
Some Space Gallery. Seattle, Wa.


Aesthetics/Analytics, November 9 - December 9, 2006.
Seattle Art Museum Sales Gallery
Seattle Tower Building. Seattle, Wa.

* Solo exhibition - Works on Paper, June 2 - July 2, 2006.
Gallery 070. Vashon Island, Wa.

* Solo exhibition -   Aether (The Vapors) - February 10 - March 26, 2006.
DVD; digital video, animation, and soundscape.
Tollbooth Gallery. Tacoma, Wa.
Supported with funding from Tacoma Arts Commission.


Center on Contemporary Art Painting Marathon and Auction
Friday and Saturday, October 21 & 22, 2005
COCA. Seattle, Wa.

* Solo exhibition -   Woolworth Windows, Urban Art Installation
August 8 - October 29, 2005.
Tacoma Contemporary - Woolworth Building. Tacoma, Wa.

The Biology, Chemistry, Physics Invitational Show
September 2005 - September 2006
Seattle – Tacoma International Airport Concourse A

Two Person Exhibition
April 15 - May 28, 2005.
Artemis Gallery. Seattle, Wa.


The Fourth Annual Shrinky Dinks Invitational and Auction
Zeitgeist Coffee, Group Exhibition. Seattle, Wa.

RESTART @ Northwest Work Lofts
Restart, Group Exhibition. Seattle, Wa.

Vs. new york & godzilla
Cat Box Collective, Group Exhibition. 3 artists, inaugural exhibit. Tacoma, Wa.

Defining the Homeland
Gallery 110, Group Exhibition. Juried by Greg Bell.

Selected Studies
Bluebottle Art Gallery, individual pieces. Seattle, Wa.

Little Things Count
CoCA's Annual Member's Gift Show. Seattle, Wa.


South Sounds 2002
August 15 - September 12, 2002

Commencement Bay Gallery, Group Exhibition. Juried by Tara Young, Assistant Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art for the Seattle Art Museum. Tacoma, Wa.


The First Splash
November 17, 2001

Bellevue Art Museum. Soul Salmon sculpture project. Electric Catfood Lightbulb Head ® collaboration. Bellevue, Wa.


Ray Schwalm Memorial
June 1 - 12, 1998
Department of Art Scholarship and Exhibition WWU


In Barry Maxwell’s abstract paintings, he plays with contrasting painterly approaches; opening a dialogue between the rigidity of constructivist compositions and the randomness of time-worn graffiti. Forms build through a process of acrylic washes and layers of paint and glazes; often solidifying boundaries with masking tape. This process exposes moments when the paint medium and materials shift, giving the works a visible history and an improvisational rhythm.

Recent works have adopted a formal sensibility, focusing on classicist elements of the grid – and concurrently dismissing them. The tension created is an accumulation of moves repeated and interrupted, then continued. Influences include science-fiction, geologic formations, and the time-lapse urban landscape. Maxwell’s approach is also informed by the natural processes and elements he finds as an avid surfer and hiker in Washington State.


Barry Maxwell is a visual artist born 1976 in Washington State. He studied art, design and multimedia at Western Washington University. His work has shown in gallery and public settings.


2005 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program Award. Tacoma Arts Commission, Tacoma, WA

1998 Ray Schwalm Memorial Scholarship, WWU.


Scott, Carrie E.A. “Masters in Miniature.” The Seattle Weekly. June 6 - 12, 2007.

Reidel, J.A. “Maxwell provokes at 070.” The Vashon Island Beachcomber. May 31, 2006.

Whale, Robert. "Artists' work exhibited at City Hall gallery." Auburn Reporter. April 28, 2004.

Fefer, Mark. “SW THIS WEEK, VISUAL ARTS.” The Seattle Weekly . March 10-16, 2004.


Barry Maxwell
8408 7th Ave. SW
Seattle Wa 98106
P. 206. 854. 7234


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