Max Gimblett, Figure of Eight, 1999
15 inch quatrefoil
January 8 – February 28, 2009
Max Gimblett’s ninth solo exhibition, The Midnight Sun, at Haines Gallery includes recent paintings of the visual and intellectual cross-cultural complexity that has been the hallmark of his work for decades. In the new double squares and quatrefoils, Gimblett uses patinas of epoxy and polyurethane, layers of gesso, acrylic and vinyl polymers, and surfaces of black and white and iridescent silver and gold, united by bold strokes of calligraphy. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1935, Gimblett has lived and worked in New York since 1972, where he continues to pursue his unique synthesis of influences from Zen master and painter Hakuin Ekaku (1686–1769), Chinese painter Shih T’ao (1641–1670), Jackson Pollock (1912–1956), and Willem de Kooning (1904–1997). Gimblett’s own Zen practice includes koan study and ink brush calligraphy.