“In music you are always aiming for perfection, you’re never 100% happy. Art is much more liberating than that; even mistakes can be beautiful.” (Maxim)
One third of British band The Prodigy, Maxim is known for a fierce style of art that explores the complex nature of humanity. His art intertwines positive and negative elements of society with an unexpected and deeply personal convergence of the shocking and the gentle. This can be seen in his latest sculpture, Rebel with the Paws, which, he says, “was created with the mind set of a cat that stood up to the wrongs in society but what he did was spread love.”
Maxim is influenced by his love of the surreal, whether that is movies and books or the work of other artists such as Dali and Bosch. Working in a range of mixed media, he gives each artwork a uniquely expressive edge, and by placing objects in an unexpected context he creates art which is both thought-provoking and emotionally challenging. The final decision on its meaning is always open to interpretation.
However, while his work frequently examines the darker side of life, Maxim himself believes passionately in positive outcomes, and aims to represent the uprising of the oppressed and the triumph of good over evil. A clear example of this came when he collaborated with British artist Dan Pearce over the 2020 lockdown on a sculpture entitled Hope to send out into a world that had been thrown into emotional turmoil.