Timon Maxey

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts takes great pleasure in showcasing the talents of Whanganui-based artist Timon Maxey. According to the artist, “the title Land & Water pretty much encapsulates the subject matter of my artworks. I have a passion for rivers, geography, landforms and maps, so not surprisingly these interests are conveyed in my paintings of beautiful and interesting landscapes. I very much enjoy painting the amazing landscapes around Whanganui, Rangitikei and Manawatu.” Formerly a commercial artist in Wellington, Maxey now devotes most of his time to his ‘dislocated painting style’ of which the artist will exhibit approximately 20 paintings. The term ‘dislocated’ was coined by the late Feilding artist Rita Easther for her own works in a similar technique; a Wellington dealer called them ‘Fractionalist’, while they are often seen as a type of ‘Cubism’ in the historic perspective.

Born in London in 1966 to Kiwi parents on their OE, Maxey was named by his English-teacher father after the title character of the play Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare. His talent and creativity comes from his mother who taught art, encouraging both Timon and his sister Sarah to pursue artistic endeavours. Maxey studied geography at Victoria University, Wellington gaining a BA. Discovering his true passion led him to take an Auckland-based design course, where he attained a Certificate in Production Graphics and Design (1991); later gaining an Advanced Certificate in Multimedia from NCMT, Wellington (2000). Maxey is also a keen kayaker who uses his kayaking expeditions to gain inspiration for his artworks. “Art and kayaking aren’t natural bedfellows,” he says, “but I’m obsessed with both, so it seems natural to combine them.” Maxey was the kayaking double for Aragorn in Lord of the Rings and also acted as an Orc in that Peter Jackson epic.

Among the many awards and kudos that Timon Maxey has garnered during his career include being a finalist in the NZ Post Book Awards (2005) for illustration and design of Everything You Need To Know About The World by Simon Eliot. He also developed a children’s television game show from the book which screened in New Zealand and Australia. In 1998 he was a finalist in the Wellington Telecom Art Awards and in 2001 he was a finalist in the Wairarapa Telecom Art Awards. Also in 2001, the maps he designed for Captain Cook’s World helped that book to win the Spectrum Print Annual Book Design Award for that year. Maxey was a finalist in the 2014 Waikato River Art Awards; he completed a large commission for Sydney-based clients later that same year. Timon is featured in Denis Robinson’s New Zealand’s Favourite Artists (2008). North & South Magazine featured an article on Maxey’s painting in 2010. A painting commissioned for the Wellington Airport (2015) was created as a carpet for the domestic terminal in 2016.

Maxey has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand as well as being shown in the Art Attack Gallery in Dubai. His river-themed works have also been shown in Flagstaff, Arizona and at the Orbit Gallery in New York City.

Originally establishing his art practice in Wellington, Timon and his family moved to Whanganui in 2017 for family reasons, superior weather and the easy lifestyle of the provinces; he has secured a studio in the new Glasgow Street Art Centre. Land & Water will be Maxey’s first exhibition at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts. It is a much anticipated event!

Other Upcoming Exhibitions.

Previous Exhibitions.

The Mountains and the Sea
By: Paul Lyons
- 22 Mar 19

RETRO - SPECTIVE: Cash & Carry Sale of Silkscreen Prints
By: Malcolm Warr
- 22 Feb 19

SUMMER FLIGHT: New Zealand Birds and Landscapes
By: Jayeta Valentine
- 25 Jan 19

By: Michele Theobald & Val Jones
- 30 Nov 18

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2018
- 12 Nov 18

By: Rachael Smith
- 26 Oct 18

“Licorice All Sorts”
By: Georgia Lambert
- 11 Oct 18

The Art Room (Term 3)
By: Manawatu Art Teachers Association
- 24 Sep 18

By: Willie Docherty
- 25 Aug 18

“A Bouquet of Paintings”
By: Mary Mulholland
- 03 Aug 18

The Infinite Smallness of Being
By: Raemon Rolfe and David Lupton
- 13 Jul 18

Land & Water
By: Timon Maxey
- 22 Jun 18

By: Don Hill & Steve Leurink
- 01 Jun 18

By: New Paintings by Ross Whitlock
- 07 Apr 18

By: Roger Staples
- 02 Mar 18

A Family Affair
By: Colin Hoare and sons James and Alex
- 02 Feb 18

By: Vivian McKenna
- 12 Jan 18

Echoes Of Fiordland
By: Annabel Neall
- 12 Dec 17

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2017
- 13 Nov 17

By: Sue Weterings
- 20 Oct 17

IRIS: Photography Exhibition
By: 2017 Epsom/NZIPP Award Winners
- 06 Oct 17

Land and Water
By: Jacky Pearson
- 08 Sep 17

Moments of Transcendent Beauty
By: Paul Lyons
- 11 Aug 17

“Exploring the Intersection Between Detail and Suggestion”
By: John Tidball
- 15 Jul 17

‘The Spaces Between’
By: Anne Morris
- 17 Jun 17

‘The Primacy of Gesture’
By: Ross Whitlock
- 12 May 17

By: Alfred Memelink
- 23 Mar 17

By: Vivian McKenna
- 03 Mar 17

Across the Ditch
By: Australian and New Zealand Print Artists
- 04 Feb 17

“GIVEN TIME AND SPACE” Abstracted Imagery
By: Colin Hoare
- 06 Jan 17

By: Watercolours by Celia Guy
- 03 Dec 16

E Toru nga Mea
By: Weaving and Carving Graduates Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Papaio
- 14 Nov 16

Dot's Nice
By: Elka
- 21 Oct 16

Colour Blast: Work That Jump Off the Canvas
By: Boyd-Dunlop
- 10 Sep 16

Heart Standing Still
By: Rachael Smith
- 30 Sep 16

SAMPLING: Paintings by Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL: Caohagan Island Quilts
By: Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL
- 25 Jul 16

Head for the Coast New Work
By: Beth Charles & Robert Charles
- 11 Mar 16

Extraordinary Art: Paintings
By: Paula Novak
- 12 Feb 16

Window to the Falling Sun: Paintings
By: Annabel Neall
- 04 Dec 15

By: Paul Lyons
- 14 Nov 15

An exhibition of Maori Art - Maunga Kura Toi degree artists of Te Wananga o Aotearoa
By: Te Koru
- 03 Nov 15

Country to Coast
By: Nicholas Hayter
- 11 Oct 15

Anything Goes: Annual Exhibition
By: Manawatu Spinners and Weavers Guild
- 28 Sep 15

By: Dennis Greenwood
- 15 Sep 15

"Soul Is Eternal":
By: Wayne Hansen
- 29 Aug 15