About Rob Maxwell

Australian contemporary artist-archaeologist Rob Maxwell is a 5th generation resident of Sydney’s Inner West. He is known for his unique subversive art-making processes, and use of abstractive materials, compositions and techniques, and photography. The world's first archaeologist to survey the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in 2010, and again the first to work on the radiological event in Fukushima in 2016, his work has been covered by National Geographic, the Huffington Post and the Daily Mail. Rob is also the first urban explorer admitted as a Fellow International of The Explorers Club since its inception in 1904.His artwork is held in collections across the globe, from botanical watercolours to mixed media works, radioactive installations, terraria, vivaria and photography. He held his first solo exhibition of new works at Tortuga Gallery in St Peters, Sydney in June of 2018, which became the highest-selling solo show in the history of the gallery. He likes variety and loves commissions. And goldfish.

Exhibitions

RUNE - New Works by Rob Maxwell. Tortuga Gallery, St Peters Sydney. 27 June - 05 July 2018

Press

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/20160428-Chernobyl-Pripyat-archaeology-abandoned-ruins-nuclear-disaster-Pompeii-Ukraine/
https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/04/24/chernobyl-30-year-anniversary-archeology_n_9755996.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3655700/Chernobyl-nuclear-disaster-zone-studied-Australian-archaeologist.html

Influences

Francis Bacon, Mark Rothko, Keith Haring, James Acord, Orlan, Jeff Koons, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, Japanese traditional art, the Zero movement, Dada, Fluxus, 21st century horror culture, the architecture of the New Brutalism, and 1980s Postmodernism.