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 Artist's Statement

Maxine Relton's paintings and prints reflect her experiences of life's  personal journeys. she is currently working on a series of images investigating the notion of fragmentation and disconnect that she sees reflected in our present time.                        

In all her work, drawing plays an essential part in her visual thinking as a way of developing and uncovering her ideas.

She moves across a wide range of art forms, driven by a spirit of discovery and drawings, she moves through a series of visual reflections in which she clarifies her responses and links up her ideas. In her search for a resolution, she often recasts the concept in altered form, renewing and refocusing it in paint, print, photograph, sculpture or written work. In this tentative probing through a succession of changed images, she seeks to transform the unconscious to conscious, to come finally to some form of revelation and self-recognition. The resulting works are a means of questioning and reshaping her perceptions as she constantly seeks to reconnect with her understanding of the world.

From her studio/gallery base in Gloucestershire, Maxine extends her practice into colleges and schools, aiming to inspire young people with original projects of all kinds. She also runs a variety of creative art workshops for people of all ages and abilities, both at home and abroad.

She graduated with a First-Class BA Honours and Distinction from Camberwell College of Art and an MA from the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Her work is held in private collections in many countries, has received a number of awards and has featured in various publications as well as on television.   She has recently been elected as an Academician at the Royal West of England Academy.


1975- 1977     MA Slade School of Fine Art London

1971- 1975     BA Honours Degree Camberwell College of Arts, London

                     First-class Honours  Sculpture and Printmaking

                     Special Commendation Art History

1961 - 1964    French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian Languages studies in

                      full time course: London, Berlin and Montreux

                      Complementary studies in Drawing, Painting, Philosophy, Literature,

                      Philosphy Art Literature and Trilingual Commercial Studies: Lycee

                       Francais, London.


 1986 to date    Independent artist working in a variety of media

1980 - 1986     Resident Artist and Administration Assistant Prema Arts Centre,

 1978              Carpenter/Joiner London furniture makers

                      Woodturner Trainee, W Sawacki, London       

  1965- 1970    Translator/ Inerpreter UNISAF  Publications International UK                 



2008              Gallery LeFort, Bath

                     Mall Galleries London

                     Open Photography, Bristol

                     Royal  West of England Academy

                     Spike Print Studio, Bristol

2007              Royal West of England Academy

                     Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol

                     Space Gallery, Stroud

                     Spike Island Printmakers, Bristol

                     Guest  Artist, Glos Guild of Craftsmen

2005              Royal West of England Academy

                     Edwin Coe, London

2004              RWA Open Print Exhibition

                    Royal West of England Academy

2003             Sheridan Russell Gallery, London

2002             Royal College of Physicians, London

2001             Art in Action, Oxford

                    Royal National theatre, London

                    Off-centre Gallery, Bristol

2000             Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

1999             National Print Exhibition, London

                    Art in Action, Oxford

1998             Woodlands Art Gallery, London

                    The Festival of Wood, Westonbirt

1997             National Print Exhibition, London

                    Royal West of England Academy

1996             Axiom Gallery, Cheltenham

                    Schoolhouse Gallery, bath

1995             Halifax House, Oxford

                    The City Gallery, Leicester

1994              Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

1994              Axiom Gallery, Cheltenham

1994              Society of Wood Engravers

1993              Llewelyn Alexander Gallery, London

                     The Society of Botanical artists, London

                      Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

1992              Scarborough Municipal Art Gallery

                      The Discerning Eye, London

                      London Print Workshop

1991               Crescent Arts, Scarborough

                      Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

                      The Cheltenham Group of Artsts

1990              The Royal Academy, London

                      Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, London,

                      Gloucester City Museum

                      Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

                      Royal Festival Hall, London.




Maxine Relton MA RWA


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