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Max Lebven
Solar Encounter, Max Lebven Large Geometric Abstract Mixed Media Orange Painting

2015

About

'Solar Encounter' is a large geometric abstract mixed media on canvas painting, created by New England born American artist Max Lebven in 2015. Featuring a bold palette, mostly made of an intense orange and dark blue color accented by white, black and silver highlights, the painting exudes a strong presence. Inspired by the large proportions of the canvas, Max started with a layer of almost neon orange spray paint, evoking the contours of the surface of a sun. Continuing with the cosmic theme, Max chose the dark blue color of space to depict his sun, ingeniously reversing the colors. The finishing touch was the addition of the various geometric shapes and lines that accentuate the ensemble. This unframed mixed media on canvas painting is signed lower right. The sides are left unpainted. With its large proportions and audacious colors, this abstract painting will be a striking focal point in any room, whether placed above a sofa, enfilade or bed. Max Lebven is an American born artist. His work is greatly influenced by the vibrant colors he grew up with in New England. People often ask Max Lebven “What was your motivation for that piece?” Lebven's guess is they’re expecting some deep philosophical discourse about how the piece is an homage to this person or a symbol of man’s struggle against that injustice or maybe a metaphysical expression of the dichotomy of life. The reality is, there’s none of that in Lebven's work. When Max approaches a canvas, it’s literally and figuratively a blank canvas. The truth is, he rarely begins a piece with an idea of what exactly it’s going to look like at the end. Although Lebven may have an idea of a stencil he wants to use or a mix of colors he would like to try, the reality is the piece reveals itself as he paints and the colors and strokes seem to beckon him as he goes along. Once Lebven gets started the work takes on a life of its own. At the end of the day, Lebven's motivation for his art is… Using colors and layers and lines to create something that strikes a chord with those who share his perspective, something that makes hearts smile and maybe skip a beat once in a while.

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  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 60 in. x W 48 in. x D 1.38 in.

    H 152.4 cm x W 121.92 cm x D 3.51 cm

  • Gallery location
    Purchase, NY
  • Reference number
    LU42532613431

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